hostility

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noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈsti-lə-tē\

Definition of hostility

plural

hostilities

  1. 1a :  deep-seated usually mutual ill will <glad to have gotten through the divorce proceedings without any visible signs of hostility> <showed open hostility toward outsiders>b (1) :  hostile action <the Spanish expedition encountered hostility … and was forced to flee — R. W. Murray> (2) hostilities plural :  overt acts of warfare :  war <Peace talks were stalled after recent hostilities.>

  2. 2 :  conflict, opposition, or resistance in thought or principle <there was tension, there was hostility and envy in the air — Theodor Reik>

Examples of hostility in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of hostility

see hostile


First Known Use: 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>.

HOSTILITY Defined for English Language Learners

hostility

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noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈsti-lə-tē\

Definition of hostility for English Language Learners

  • : an unfriendly or hostile state, attitude, or action

  • hostilities : acts of fighting in a war


HOSTILITY Defined for Kids

hostility

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noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈsti-lə-tē\

Definition of hostility for Students

plural

hostilities

  1. 1 :  an unfriendly or hostile state, attitude, or action <They showed no hostility toward strangers.>

  2. 2 hostilities plural :  acts of warfare


Medical Dictionary

hostility

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noun hos·til·i·ty \hä-ˈstil-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of hostility

plural

hostilities

  1. :  conflict, opposition, or resistance in thought or principle

hostile

\ˈhäs-təl, -ˌtīl\play play adjective


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