bitter, deadly, great, implacable, mortal, sworn
biggest, worst
dangerous, formidable, powerful
chief, main, principal

The lion is the zebra's chief enemy.

ancient, old, traditional

In today's game England play their old enemy, Scotland.

Iraq's traditional enemy, Iran

real, true

They united in the face of a common enemy.


The Church and the Communist Party were natural enemies.

invisible, unseen
external, foreign

She didn't have an enemy in the world.


He made many enemies during his brief reign.

I didn't want to make an enemy of Mr Evans.

attack, fight, fight against

He was prepared to use any weapon to fight against his enemies.

defeat, destroy, eliminate, kill
confront, engage, face, meet

He turned to face his enemy.


It is important to know your enemy.

defend sth against, protect sb/sth against, protect sb/sth from

The cat uses its claws to protect itself against enemies.


The skunk releases a pungent smell to deter the enemy.

attack sb/sth
army, forces, soldiers, troops, unit
defences, lines, positions, ranks

The spies managed to penetrate behind enemy lines.

action, attack, bombing, fire

the first casualty from enemy action

The men came under enemy fire.


Intelligence reported enemy activity just off the coast.

country, territory
aircraft, fighter, plane, ship, tank
missile, weapon
against an/the enemy

They decided to use the weapon against the enemy.

enemy of

an enemy of God

your own worst enemy

Some dancers become their own worst enemies, criticizing themselves for every imperfection.

fall into enemy hands

The document must not at any price fall into enemy hands.

in the face of the enemy

He was shot for desertion in the face of the enemy.

an enemy of the State

Thousands of perceived enemies of the State were imprisoned.

public enemy

Since the scandal he has become public enemy number one (= very unpopular).

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