W2 [ˈenəmi] n plural enemies
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: enemi, from Latin inimicus, from amicus 'friend']
1.) someone who hates you and wants to harm you
She's a dangerous enemy to have.
Cats and dogs have always been natural enemies .
an old enemy of her father
make an enemy (of sb)
a ruthless businessman who made a lot of enemies
the unforgettable sight of the president shaking hands with his sworn enemy (=an enemy you will always hate)
sb's worst enemy
(=the person they hate most)
I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy .
2.) someone who opposes or competes against you
political enemies
He was imprisoned for being 'an enemy of the revolution'.
3.) also the enemy
the country against which your country is fighting in a war
He was accused of collaboration with the enemy.
enemy forces/aircraft/territory etc
a town behind enemy lines
4.) something that people think is harmful or damaging
The usual enemies, cigarettes and alcohol, are targeted for tax rises.
The common enemy that united them was communism.
5.) be your own worst enemy
to behave in a way that causes problems for yourself
6.) public enemy number one informal
someone famous who has done something bad and who a lot of people do not like
His views made him public enemy number one in the eyes of the media.
7.) the enemy within
people in a society etc that other people think are trying to secretly destroy or damage it
efforts to label environmentalists as the enemy within
8.) if one thing is the enemy of another, the second thing cannot exist because the first thing destroys it
Boredom is the enemy of learning.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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