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Synonyms for enemy
ˈɛn ə mi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enemy(noun)

    an opposing military force

    "the enemy attacked at dawn"

    opposition, foe, foeman

  2. enemy, foe, foeman, opposition(noun)

    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

    resistance, foeman, foe, oppositeness, opposite, confrontation, opposition, opponent

  3. enemy(noun)

    any hostile group of people

    "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"

    opposition, foe, foeman

  4. foe, enemy(noun)

    a personal enemy

    "they had been political foes for years"

    opposition, foeman, foe


  1. enemy(noun)

    foe, nemesis, backfriend, adversary, unfriend

    ally, friend

  2. enemy(noun)

    of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy

    foe, adversary, backfriend, unfriend, nemesis

    friend, ally

  3. enemy(noun)

    A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.

    rally together against a common enemy.

    foe, adversary, nemesis, backfriend, unfriend

    friend, ally

  4. enemy(noun)

    An alliance of such forces.

    backfriend, foe, nemesis, unfriend, adversary

    ally, friend

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. enemy

    An enemy in private life is one who is moved by hostile feeling with active disposition to injure; but in military language all who fight on the opposite side are called enemies or collectively "the enemy," where no personal animosity may be implied; foe, which is rather a poetical and literary word, implies intensely hostile spirit and purpose. An antagonist is one who opposes and is opposed actively and with intensity of effort; an opponent, one in whom the attitude of resistance is the more prominent; a competitor, one who seeks the same object for which another is striving; antagonists in wrestling, competitors in business, opponents in debate may contend with no personal ill will; rivals in love, ambition, etc., rarely avoid inimical feeling. Adversary was formerly much used in the general sense of antagonist or opponent, but is now less common, and largely restricted to the hostile sense; an adversary is ordinarily one who not only opposes another in fact, but does so with hostile spirit, or perhaps out of pure malignity; as, the great Adversary. Compare synonyms for AMBITION.

    adversary, antagonist, competitor, foe, opponent, rival

    abettor, accessory, accomplice, ally, friend, helper, supporter

    He was the enemy of my friend in the contest.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. enemy(n.)

    foe, adversary

  2. enemy(n.)

    opponent, antagonist

  3. enemy(n.)

    DEVIL, satan, arch-fiend

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. enemy(n)

    foe, adversary, opponent, antagonist, rival, hostile

    Associated words:
    hostile, hostility, feud, enmity, inimical, antagonism

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    enemies, foe, adversary, hostile, hater, n.v.a., opponent, nemesis, foes, bogey

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How to use enemy in a sentence?

  1. Philip Breen:

    She went down in the trenches and was killed by the enemy on the front line, she loved New York-Presbyterian and wouldn't hear about living anywhere else. She loved her coworkers and did what she could for them.

  2. Arthur Balfour:

    Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

  3. Louis Kamwenubusa:

    Such an attack has as objective of creating chaos within security forces, the head of state asks members of those corps to stay calm and united in a bid to avoid falling in the trap of the enemy.

  4. Bayard Rustin:

    When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous--a man who brutalizes people. But *you* love him or you wouldn't be here. You're going to Mississippi to create social change--and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it--at which point they can become human too.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    Personally, I am very critical of many actions taken by the new authorities in Poland for many reasons, as you know, to most politicians representing the new power (in Warsaw) I am Public Enemy number 1. Not only because I am in Brussels.

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