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enemy

noun uk   /ˈen.ə.mi/ us  
B1 [C] a person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something: He's made a few enemies in this company. Max stole Lee's girlfriend and they've been enemies ever since. political enemiesB2 [C usually singular] a country, or the armed forces of a country, that is at war with another country: The enemy had succeeded in stopping our supplies from getting through. an attack by enemy aircraft enemy forces/territorythe enemy of sth literary something that harms something else: Familiarity is the enemy of desire.
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in Korean 적…
in Arabic عَدو…
in French ennemi/-ie, ennemi…
in Turkish hasım, düşman, düşman devlet/ordu…
in Italian nemico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敵人, 仇敵, 反對者…
in Russian враг, противник…
in Polish wróg…
in Spanish enemigo…
in Portuguese inimigo, -a…
in German der Feind…
in Catalan enemic, -iga…
in Japanese 敵…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敌人, 仇敌, 反对者…
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