What is enemy?

  • (noun): An armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force).
    Synonyms: foe, foeman, opposition
    See also — Additional definitions below


An enemy or foe is a relativist term for an entity, whether an individual or a group, that is seen as forcefully adverse or threatening. The concept of an enemy has been observed to be "basic for both individuals and communities". The term "enemy" serves the social function of designating a particular entity as a threat, thereby invoking an intense emotional response to that entity. The state of being or having an enemy is enmity.

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Some articles on enemy:

Opposing Force
... An opposing force (abbreviated OPFOR, used in the United States and Australia) or enemy force (used in Canada) is a military unit tasked with representing an enemy, usually for ... of naming a real nation as a likely enemy, training scenarios often use fictionalized versions with different names but similar military characteristics to the ... may wear uniforms which resemble the likely enemy's, or one dissimilar to "friendly forces" ...
UFO: Enemy Unknown
... UFO Enemy Unknown (marketed as X-COM UFO Defense in North America) is a science fiction strategy video game developed by Mythos Games and MicroProse ... Its European PlayStation release is titled X-COM Enemy Unknown ... successful, acquiring a cult following among strategy fans several publications listed UFO Enemy Unknown as one of top video games ever made, including IGN ranking it as the best PC game ...
Weapons of World War I Trench Warfare - Aircraft
... was to protect friendly reconnaissance aircraft and destroy those of the enemy, or at least deny them the freedom of friendly airspace ... air superiority over the battlefield by destroying the enemy's fighters as well ... with hand-drawn diagrams, later with photography, monitor enemy troop movements, and locate enemy artillery batteries so that they could be destroyed with counter-battery fire ...
1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - History - Gettysburg - July 2
... the regiment to assault a much larger enemy force (a brigade commanded by Brig ... William Colvill to take the enemy's colors ... Hancock in person ordered the eight companies to charge the rapidly advancing enemy ...
USS Phelps (DD-360) - Entry in World War II
... on 8 May, when the Lexington and the USS Yorktown diverged to avoid enemy attacks, the Phelps stayed with the Yorktown ... when the Lexington was seriously damaged, she helped to prevent enemy capture of the carrier by administering the coup de grace and finished her off with two torpedoes ...

More definitions of "enemy":

  • (noun): Any hostile group of people.
    Example: "He viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
  • (noun): An opposing military force.
    Example: "The enemy attacked at dawn"
  • (noun): A personal enemy.
    Synonyms: foe

Famous quotes containing the word enemy:

    The British blockade won the war; but the wonder is that the British blockhead did not lose it. I suppose the enemy was no wiser. War is not a sharpener of wits.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    “You, madam, are the eternal humorist,
    The eternal enemy of the absolute,
    Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!...”
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)

    It is an immense misfortune to the empire to have a king of such a disposition at such a time. We are told and every thing proves it true that he is the bitterest enemy we have.... To undo his empire he has but one truth more to learn, that after colonies have drawn the sword there is but one step more they can take.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)