It’s well known by now that Merriam-Webster added the word “frenemy” to its venerable dictionary. Discuss amongst yourselves whether this word warrants inclusion. I’m more curious about the official definition, which is “ one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy.”
I’ve always used this word more in the second sense that is reported by Wikipedia: “a partner who is simultaneously a competitor.”
I guess there is room for both meanings, but they seem very different to me. One suggests that the friend is not a friend at all. Whereas the second definition, which admittedly speaks more to corporate relationships, suggests a relationship that is more nuanced, where there is both good and bad.