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inimical

in·im·i·cal

inimical

 
pronunciation:
ih nI mih kl
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: like an enemy; hostile.
These inimical neighbors had clashed with each other for decades.
synonyms:
hostile, ill-disposed, unfriendly
antonyms:
friendly
similar words:
antagonistic, antipathetic, bellicose, belligerent, hateful, ill, inhospitable, malevolent, mean, rancorous, unkind
definition 2: having or tending to have a bad effect; harmful or adverse.
The nation's hostile threats are inimical to its efforts to gain world respect.
synonyms:
adverse, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, harmful, injurious
antonyms:
favorable
similar words:
baneful, contrary, destructive, hurtful, ill, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, ruinous, toxic, unhealthy
derivations: inimically (adv.), inimicality (n.)
Word Parts
The word inimical contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
am, ama, amor Latin root that means love, friendship
synonyms:
phil, philo, -philia, -phile