noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈsti-lə-tē\

: an unfriendly or hostile state, attitude, or action

hostilities : acts of fighting in a war

plural hos·til·i·ties

Full Definition of HOSTILITY

a :  deep-seated usually mutual ill will
b (1) :  hostile action
(2) plural :  overt acts of warfare :  war
:  conflict, opposition, or resistance in thought or principle

Examples of HOSTILITY

  1. They were both glad to have gotten through the divorce proceedings without any visible signs of hostility.
  2. The townspeople showed open hostility to outsiders.
  3. Peace talks were stalled after recent hostilities.
  4. Both sides are calling for a cessation of hostilities.

First Known Use of HOSTILITY

15th century

Synonym Discussion of HOSTILITY

enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed <an unspoken enmity>. hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression <hostility between the two nations>. antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility <a natural antipathy for self-seekers> <antagonism between the brothers>. animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility <animosity that led to revenge>. rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong <rancor filled every line of his letters>. animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice <objections devoid of personal animus>.

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
HOSTILITIES Defined for Kids


noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈsti-lə-tē\
plural hos·til·i·ties

Definition of HOSTILITY for Kids

:  an unfriendly or hostile state, attitude, or action <They showed no hostility toward strangers.>
hostilities plural :  acts of warfare
Medical Dictionary


noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈstil-ət-ē\
plural hos·til·i·ties

Medical Definition of HOSTILITY

:  conflict, opposition, or resistance in thought or principle
hos·tile \ˈhäs-təl, -ˌtīl\ adjective


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