The difference between enemies and rivals


The words ‘Enemies’ and ‘Rivals’ are , in my opinion, grossly mixed up with one another.And i was thinking about this on a sleepless night i had last night and its still on my head now, so i will try to explain to the masses of people (and by masses i mean my Uncle and 1 or 2 friends of mine) who read this blog that enemies and rivals aren’t necessarily the same thing.

The definition of the word ‘Enemy’ is this:

A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
A hostile nation or its armed forces or citizens, esp. in time of war.

In basic terms, an enemy is a person who dislikes someone and tries to bring them down.

And the definition of the word ‘Rival’:

A person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity.

Apart from the fact both words are nouns, they are completely different words with completely different meanings, but people still get them confused with one another! i think the reason for this is the fact an enemy can be a rival as well, a person who may dislike you may compete against you to bring you down.I will say this now, not all rivals are enemies and vice versa.

An example of this being my friend Dominic, me and him are both good friends but we compete against each other for roles on School council, house captains and stuff like that. But we are not enemies.And as for an enemy of mine of the name Jake, he has totally different interests to me and is not a rival in anything i do.

I think people need to understand that these two words are grossly misused and people need to stop misusing them.Case closed.


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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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