Classical Usage: I didn’t really like Vronsky from the beginning. His handsome charm seemed like a veil covering who he really was, a player. Then came Chapter 16 of Part One and the veil was lifted. What a jerk. Just listen to this: Not only did he dislike family life but, in accordance with the views current in the bachelor world in which he lived, he regarded a family, and especially a husband, as something alien, inimical and, worst of all – ridiculous.
Classically Mad Usage: I’ll tell you what’s inimical, Vronsky. You. That’s right, you’re adverse. Or harmful. Okay, maybe I don’t totally have a handle on how to use this word correctly yet, but that doesn’t mean that I like the dude any better.