V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. having a harmful and adverse effect; 2. unfriendly

Synonyms: adverse, destructive, unfriendly, antagonistic, hostile, harmful, unfavorable, injurious

Antonyms: friendly, beneficial, favorable, advantageous, amicable

Tips: Inimical is derived from the Latin inimicus, which means "unfriendly" or "an enemy." Something or someone inimical is hostile, like an enemy. Inimical is the opposite of amicable, which means "friendly."

Usage Examples:

His smoking habit was inimical to the baby's health. (harmful, injurious)

The professor's inimical teaching style scared the students in the class. (unfriendly, hostile)

Her inimical behavior toward those around her caused strong feelings of dislike in her coworkers. (antagonistic, unfriendly)

Your constant nagging and micro-managing is inimical to my job satisfaction. (adverse, unfavorable, harmful)

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