an opposing military force
"the enemy attacked at dawn"
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"
any hostile group of people
"he viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
a personal enemy
"they had been political foes for years"
enemy(noun)of, relating to, or belonging to an enemy
enemy(noun)A hostile force or nation; a fighting member of such a force or nation.
enemy(noun)An alliance of such forces.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
He was the enemy of my friend in the contest.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for enemy
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for enemy »
Find a translation for the enemy synonym in other languages:
Select another language: