at enmity with

The phrase “at enmity with” means being in a state of hostility or animosity towards someone or something.

History: The phrase “enmity” comes from the Old French word “enemistie” which means hostility or hatred. The use of “at enmity with” dates back to the 16th century in the English language.


  1. After the argument, the two colleagues were at enmity with each other and refused to speak.
  2. The neighboring countries were at enmity with each other and frequently engaged in conflicts.
  3. John was at enmity with his former best friend after he betrayed him.
  4. The team was at enmity with their coach after he made some controversial decisions.
  5. The student was at enmity with the subject, finding it difficult to understand and appreciate.
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