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Jan 9, 2014
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repletion
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inimical
ignominy

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inimical

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-NIM-i-kuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Harmful. 2. Unfriendly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin in- (not) + amicus (friend). A few other words that share the same root are: amigo, amity, enemy, amicable, and amicus curiae. Earliest documented use: 1645.

USAGE:
"But the landers found no other signs of biological activity, nor any organic compounds. If anything, the soil seemed inimical to life."
Burkhard Bilger; The Martian Chroniclers; The New Yorker; Apr 22, 2013.

See more usage examples of inimical in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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