Let's say that there is a person who bears a certain group of people ill-will, wishes something bad to happen to them. The group of people is not of any specific ethnicity or group. They just reside in a specific place. What would you call such a person ?

e.g. sentence - From the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew you were a/an _________ who bears us nothing but ill-will.

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    Are you looking for a noun or an adjective? Can you provide a sample sentence in which you would use the word you're looking for? May 10, 2017 at 19:22
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    Biased, prejudiced. Not aware of any words specific to disliking the residents of a particular area, but I feel like there should be one. That must have been the original kind of prejudice; nobody likes the people who live on the other side of the river.
    – Dan Bron
    May 10, 2017 at 19:24
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    Informally, a hater.
    – 1006a
    May 10, 2017 at 19:38
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    Bigot is the usual English term. It doesn't mean anything about mustaches, however; it just means someone who is prejudiced against some social group. May 10, 2017 at 20:18
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    I'm not sure that 'bigot' is appropriate here. It implies that the person's ill will is irrational, or that they refuse to hear/understand the opinions of others... which is not stated in the question. Actually, 'hater', although informal and a bit of a neologism, is probably best... it doesn't imply any judgement about whether the hatred is rational/justified/informed or not. Oct 4, 2017 at 9:39

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1 : one that is antagonistic to another; especially : one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1. a. One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes another; a foe.
American Heritage Dictionary

1A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
Oxford Living Dictionaries

Using your sentence:

From the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew you were a/an/our 'enemy' who bears us nothing but ill-will.

I added the "our" option alongside a/an as an alternative.


You could say a resenter, a person who feels resentment.
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/resenter

  • @JonMarkPerry - ??! The answer needs documentation, I'll grant you that, but where is Ross critiquing or requesting clarification? May 11, 2017 at 7:15

(1) There is no specific single word answer.

(2) In the real world, the context in which you use something like this will usually mean that you have to explain it further (negating the need for a single word) OR that there are already existing local terms that refer to those regions and their inhabitants.

Think of "yankee" being a negative southern US term for northerners or "carpetbagger." I realize it's not exactly the same, but it captures the dynamic

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