, now a somewhat literary synonym for
, connotes more active hostility
may imply actual hatred in the opponent and a desire to injure, or it may simply refer to any member of the opposing group, nation, etc. in a conflict, whether or not there is personal animosity or hostility involved
usually suggests actual hostility in the conflict
implies more active opposition, esp. in a struggle for control or power
, an unemotional word, refers to anyone who is opposed to one, as in a fight, game, contest, or debate
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