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 for enemy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Enemy \En"e*my\, n.; pl. Enemies. [OF. enemi, F. ennemi, from
     L. inimicus; in- (negative) + amicus friend. See Amicable.]
     One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or
     attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an
     enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood.
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           To all good he enemy was still.          --Spenser.
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           I say unto you, Love your enemies.       --Matt. v. 44.
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     The enemy (Mil.), the hostile force. In this sense it is
        construed with the verb and pronoun either in the singular
        or the plural, but more commonly in the singular; as, we
        have met the enemy and he is ours or they are ours.
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              It was difficult in such a country to track the
              enemy. It was impossible to drive him to bay.
                                                    --Macaulay.
  
     Syn: Foe; antagonist; opponent. See Adversary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Enemy \En"e*my\, a.
     Hostile; inimical. [Obs.]
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           They . . . every day grow more enemy to God. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  enemy
      n 1: an opposing military force; "the enemy attacked at dawn"
      2: an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing
         military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his
         enemies" [syn: enemy, foe, foeman, opposition]
      3: any hostile group of people; "he viewed lawyers as the real
         enemy"
      4: a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years"
         [syn: foe, enemy] [ant: ally, friend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "enemy":
     adversary, adversative, adverse, aggressive, alien, antagonist,
     antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, archenemy, assailant,
     attacker, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bitter enemy,
     bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, chauvinist, chauvinistic,
     clashing, combatant, combative, competitive, competitor, con,
     conflicting, contender, contentious, contestant, contradictory,
     contrary, counter, cross, devil, disaccordant, dissentient,
     emulator, ferocious, fierce, fighting, foe, foeman, fractious,
     full of fight, hawkish, hostile, inimical, invader, jingo,
     jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, martial, militant, militaristic,
     military, negative, noncooperative, obstinate, offensive,
     open enemy, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposing party, opposite,
     opposite camp, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, overthwart,
     perverse, public enemy, pugnacious, quarrelsome, recalcitrant,
     refractory, repugnant, rival, saber-rattling, sanguinary,
     sanguineous, savage, scrappy, soldierlike, soldierly, sworn enemy,
     the loyal opposition, the opposition, the other side,
     trigger-happy, truculent, uncooperative, unfavorable, unfriendly,
     unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, unpropitious, warlike,
     warmongering, warring
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ENEMY, international law. By this term is understood the whole body of a 
  nation at war with another. It also signifies a citizen or subject of such a 
  nation, as when we say an alien enemy. In a still more extended sense, the 
  word includes any of the subjects or citizens of a state in amity with the 
  United States, who, have commenced, or have made preparations for commencing 
  hostilities against the United States; and also the citizens or subjects of 
  a state in amity with the United States, who are in the service of a state 
  at war with them. Salk. 635; Bac. Ab. Treason, G. 
       2. An enemy cannot, as a general rule, enter into any contract which 
  can be enforced in the courts of law; but the rule is not without 
  exceptions; as, for example, when a state permits expressly its own citizens 
  to trade with the enemy; and perhaps a contract for necessaries, or for 
  money to enable the individual to get home, might be enforced. 7 Pet. R. 
  586. 
       3. An alien enemy cannot, in general, sue during the war, a citizen of 
  the United States, either in the courts of, the United States, or those of 
  the several states. 1 Kent, Com. 68; 15 John. R. 57 S. C. 16 John. R. 438. 
  Vide Marsh. Ins. c. 2, s. 1; Park. Ins. Index. h.t.; Wesk. Ins. 197; Phil. 
  Ins. Index. h.t.; Chit. Comm. Law, Index, h.t.; Chit. Law of Nations, 
  Index, h.t. 
       4. By the term enemy is also understood, a person who is desirous of 
  doing injury to another. The Latins had two terms to signify these two 
  classes of persons; the first, or the public enemy, they called hostis, and 
  the latter, or the private enemy, inimicus. 
  
  

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