noun \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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


noun \hä-ˈstil-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
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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