AskDefine | Define inimical

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inimical adj : not friendly; "an unfriendly act of aggression"; "an inimical critic" [syn: unfriendly]

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From the inimicus “enemy”


  • /ɪˈnɪmɪkəl/


  1. Harmful in effect
    It has long since been proven that such activities are inimical to the health of the participant.
  2. unfriendly; hostile
    His inimical stare caused me to rethink my desire to petition.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, aggressive, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, antonymous, at cross-purposes, balancing, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, breakaway, chauvinist, chauvinistic, chill, chilly, clashing, cold, combative, compensating, competitive, con, conflicting, confronting, contentious, contradicting, contradictory, contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarious, contrary, contrasted, converse, cool, counter, counteractant, counteracting, counteractive, counterbalancing, counterpoised, countervailing, counterworking, cranky, cross, crotchety, dead against, detrimental, difficult, disaccordant, discordant, discrepant, dissentient, dissident, enemy, eyeball to eyeball, ferocious, fierce, fighting, fractious, frosty, full of fight, hard, harmful, hawkish, hostile, icy, ill, in opposition, incompatible, inconsistent, inhospitable, inverse, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, martial, militant, militaristic, military, miserable, negative, nonconformist, noncooperative, not easy, obstinate, obverse, offensive, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, overthwart, perverse, pugnacious, quarrelsome, reactionary, recalcitrant, refractory, renitent, repugnant, resistant, reverse, revolutionary, rigorous, rival, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage, scrappy, sinister, soldierlike, soldierly, squared off, strained, stressful, tense, trigger-happy, troublesome, troublous, truculent, trying, unamiable, unamicable, uncooperative, uncordial, unfavorable, unfriendly, ungenial, unharmonious, unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, unpropitious, unsociable, untoward, warlike, warmongering, warring, wretched
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