According to Merriam Webster dictionaries, enmity means:

positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will

How can "hatred" be "positive"?


“Positive” doesn’t always mean “good”, which is what you might be thinking. See M-W’s definitions for “positive”- https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positive - only definitions 6 and 8 (particularly 8) seem to have anything to do with “goodness”. The meaning of positive here I think is what the dictionary has under definition 2c:


positive proof


a positive disgrace

“Positive hatred” means that there is no doubt about the hatred’s existence (2c1), and/or that there is nothing but hatred (2c2).

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