What is enemy?

  • (noun): Any hostile group of people.
    Example: "He viewed lawyers as the real enemy"
    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 ... To avoid the diplomatic ramifications of naming a real nation as a likely enemy, training scenarios often use fictionalized versions with different names but similar military ... They may wear uniforms which resemble the likely enemy's, or one dissimilar to "friendly forces" ...
1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry - History - Gettysburg - July 2
... Corps, ordered the regiment to assault a much larger enemy force (a brigade commanded by Brig ... William Colvill to take the enemy's colors ... the eight companies to charge the rapidly advancing enemy ...
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 ...
USS Phelps (DD-360) - Entry in World War II
... the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Phelps shot down one enemy plane ... 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 ...
Weapons of World War I Trench Warfare - Aircraft
... friendly reconnaissance aircraft and destroy those of the enemy, or at least deny them the freedom of friendly airspace ... achieving air superiority over the battlefield by destroying the enemy's fighters as well ... diagrams, later with photography, monitor enemy troop movements, and locate enemy artillery batteries so that they could be destroyed with counter-batt ...

More definitions of "enemy":

  • (noun): An armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force).
    Synonyms: foe, foeman, opposition
  • (noun): A personal enemy.
    Synonyms: foe
  • (noun): An opposing military force.
    Example: "The enemy attacked at dawn"

Famous quotes containing the word enemy:

    Cats walk the floor at midnight; that enemy of fog,
    The moon, wraps the bedpost in receding stillness....
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    These semi-traitors [Union generals who were not hostile to slavery] must be watched.—Let us be careful who become army leaders in the reorganized army at the end of this Rebellion. The man who thinks that the perpetuity of slavery is essential to the existence of the Union, is unfit to be trusted. The deadliest enemy the Union has is slavery—in fact, its only enemy.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    In cases of defense ‘tis best to weigh
    The enemy more mighty than he seems.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)