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in·im·i·cal

inimical

 
 
pronunciation:
ih nI mih kl
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Word Combinations (adjective), 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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)inimical both, clearly, directly, fundamentally, manifestly, necessarily, particularly, somehow, thus
(adj.)inimical + noun act, activity, attempt, climate, condition, conduct, context, culture, democracy, development, doctrine, emergence, environment, form, health, human, ideology, individual, institution, interest, movement, nature, negativity, order, policy, practice, presence, rationality, reduction, reform, revolution, science, society, spirit, stability, stringer, trend, value, virtue, vision, welfare  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: inimically (adv.), inimicality (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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