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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 22nd February 2018
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inimical (adjective) in-IM-ik-ul



Unfriendly, hostile, opposed, unfavourably disposed towards, unfavourable.

I have no problem about the exclusion of members of undemocratic organisations or parties whose aims are inimical to accepted public norms - say, for example, a terrorist organisation.

Baroness Miller, Lords Hansard, 7 January 2008. Lords Hansard

Under maritime law, the owner of a ship in navigable waters owes to all who are on board for purposes not inimical to his legitimate interests the duty of exercising reasonable care under the circumstances of each case.

In U.S. Supreme Court, Kermarec v. Compagnie General Transatlantique, 358 U.S. 625 (1959), decided 24 February 1959. US Supreme Court

Here we observe a man whose whims are swiftly gratified by the crafty cultivation of some and by the ready servility of others, and who now finds himself in a position inimical to his material and perhaps mental advancement.

Cal McCrystal, The Independent, 25 November2007, The Independent
reviewing George Tombs' Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour. Amazon

Star performances - and occasionally even the mere presence of well-known faces - can be inimical to the effectiveness of plays by Mr. Pinter, which curdle into artifice when combined with acting that calls attention to itself.

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, 20 December 2007. New York Times

But no inimical gods or arbitrary fates decreed the misery of this incompatible couple, who drifted apart into their separate solipsisms.

Peter Conrad, The Observer, 17 June 2007, Observer
reviewing Sarah Bradford's Diana. Amazon




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