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mortal enemy


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mortal enemy an enemy who wants to kill you
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mortal enemy an inveterate, desperate, or implacable enemy; a foe bent on one's destruction.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Security is the chief enemy of mortals.”


In literature:

But, for reasons hereafter to be dealt with, Betty's thrust went home: and the pair were mortal enemies from that hour.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
While Kent is alive, he is the mortal enemy of every red-skin.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
Stunned, but sobered by mortal danger, Morgan greeted his enemy with an oath.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
He broke into a run, his elbows drawn in, and his head lowered, roaring as though he were running to grapple with a mortal enemy.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Two mortal and implacable enemies, united in apparent friendship, paraded the streets, or tenanted the dwellings of Granada.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
You have destroyed your friends for I am their mortal enemy!
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
Pluma was her mortal enemy.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
Knowing the concept of man as mortal to be an illusion, Jesus then knew that he had no enemies.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
In the court below, Guise was impatiently waiting to hear that his mortal enemy was dead.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
The Colonel regarded all chairs as his mortal enemies when he was in a certain condition.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
Whoever, by the slightest hint, referred to the irregularity of his marriage, became his mortal enemy.
"Andrew Jackson" by William Garrott Brown
He taunts the messenger and the doctor as people would taunt their mortal enemies.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In the early ages man recognized cold as his mortal enemy.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
For some five minutes there was silence, and the two who were to be mortal enemies looked at each other.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
As for Sir Tristram, he said that he held him to be his mortal enemy.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
While the doleful one was still falling, Katon's bow spoke a second time and the last enemy dropped, mortally wounded.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
The poor beast had been mortally stricken by one of the enemy's missiles, and would never rise again.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
He observed that the ants gave no quarter, and considered every one a mortal enemy who disturbed their state.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
The desire of her captors was to take her alive to the son of her mortal enemy.
"The Branding Needle, or The Monastery of Charolles" by Eugène Sue
But the chief vengeance of the bird is directed against his mortal enemy, the black snake.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Garnello both started playing the game of Ultimate Frisbee on the fields of Sedona Red Rock High School and Posse Grounds Park but now they are mortal enemies in the game.
TORONTO – By all rights, David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen should be mortal enemies.
A student's mortal enemy .
The action story centers around a group of aliens who escape from their mortal alien enemies only to find out they are being hunted down on Earth.
The Mortal Enemy Of Economic Growth And Jobs.
Since the dawn of time squirrels have been the mortal enemy of dogs.
On Thursday night's "Jersey Shore," Sammi Giancola punched her on-again-off-again boyfriend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro in the jaw after she found out he had reconciled with her mortal enemy and housemate "Jwoww" Farley.
ASHLAND — At a time when leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties in Kentucky and on the national level often sound and act like mortal enemies, Ellen Williams and Terry McBrayer are marching to the beat of a different drummer.