Definition of hostile
- hostile fire
- a hostile act
- a hostile critic
- hostile to new ideas
- plants growing in a hostile environment
- a hostile workplace
They were entering hostile territory.
Her suggestions were given a hostile reception.
It was a small town that was hostile to outsiders.
The camel is specially adapted to its hostile desert habitat.
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First Known Use: 1580See Words from the same year
damaging, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, fatal, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, lethal, malignant, murderous, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, ruinous, threatening, troublesome, unhealthy, wounding;
: of or relating to an enemy
: not friendly : having or showing unfriendly feelings
: unpleasant or harsh
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