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      n   pl   , -mies  
1    a person hostile or opposed to a policy, cause, person, or group, esp. one who actively tries to do damage; opponent  
a    an armed adversary; opposing military force  
b    (as modifier)  
enemy aircraft     
a    a hostile nation or people  
b    (as modifier)  
an enemy alien     
4    something that harms or opposes; adversary  
courage is the enemy of failure        (Related adj)        inimical  
     (C13: from Old French enemi, from Latin inimicus hostile, from in-1 + amicus friend)  

public enemy  
      n   a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a menace to the public  
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adversary, antagonist, competitor, foe, opponent, rival, the opposition, the other side  
   ally, confederate, friend, supporter  

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See also:

public enemy, enema, ENE, energy

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj 1 able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc. 2 designed for operation on or from both water and land 3 relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore 4 having a dual or mixed nature
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