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Synonyms for enemy
ˈɛn ə mi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enemy(noun)

    any hostile group of people

    "he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"

    genus Archaeornis

  2. enemy(noun)

    an opposing military force

    "the enemy attacked at dawn"

    genus Naja

  3. 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"

    instantaneousness, instancy, immediate apprehension, immediacy, immediateness

  4. foe, enemy(noun)

    a personal enemy

    "they had been political foes for years"

    significantly, importantly


  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 for "enemy":

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

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How to use enemy in a sentence?

  1. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour:

    The enemy can't defeat us if we shown unity, i will utilize all my energies to follow our late Mullah Mohammad Omar and his mission.

  2. Vicomte Turenne:

    The enemy came. He was beaten. I am tired. Goodnight. (Message sent after the battle of Dunen, 658)

  3. Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha:

    It wasn’t a day of hatred toward the enemy. It did not matter about the politics. It mattered about those brothers to your left and your right – we did not fight because we hated the guys who were attacking us, we did it more because we loved the guys that were on our left and right. Love will win out over hate and anger any day of the week.

  4. Fyodor Lukyanov:

    To demand Assad's exit makes no sense now that everyone's main enemy is Islamic State, and a final destabilization of power in Syria can only benefit them.

  5. Barack Obama:

    And we're seeing this again and again. but when you start getting to the point where you are actively communicating that the United States government and our secretary of state is somehow spinning presentations in a negotiation with a foreign power, particularly one you say is your enemy, that's a problem.

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