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I want to describe a historical person as someone who makes lots of enemies. His name: Alexander Hamilton. I don't want to insult him, just state the facts.

Is there any word for someone who makes many enemies?

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  • That being said, you might want to flesh this out a little with some research and context....and as you are asking for a single word, a sentence with a blank to insert the desire word would help a lot. – Cascabel Jan 14 '19 at 20:01
  • So I want to describe a historical person as someone who makes lots of enemies. His name: Alexander Hamilton. I don't want to insult him, just state the facts. – M. C. Jan 14 '19 at 20:02
  • Ah...that is an excellent example, and would certainly help, but you should edit to include that in the Q. – Cascabel Jan 14 '19 at 20:07
  • Pugnacious and its many synonyms refer to the practice of being hostile. But I don't know that there is a single word which means that a person is inclined to make enemies - which is probably something that can be done without being pugnacious or aggressive. – WS2 Jan 14 '19 at 23:44
  • Unfortunately, "honest" is all too often the driving characteristic. – Hot Licks Jan 15 '19 at 3:07
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I was thinking maybe antagonist(ic), but it seems like that doesn't quite fit. Maybe ill-disposed?

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  • I've no doubt the most well-disposed, or saintly person makes enemies, perhaps by virtue of their saintliness. This is really a question about human relationships. And if the OP wants a sensible answer they will have to articulate more clearly what they mean. – WS2 Jan 15 '19 at 8:09
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You may be searching for "adversarial".

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    You could improve the answer by adding a dictionary definition for your chosen word. – KillingTime Jul 22 '20 at 14:21
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Such a word will be hard to find, I think it is better to just form a sentence that states that he had a multitude of enemies due to <<insert reason>>. There are many words to describe his possible nature though: antipathic, antagonistic, antithetical, odious, etc.

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