Definition of hostility
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 : 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
They were both glad to have gotten through the divorce proceedings without any visible signs of hostility.
The townspeople showed open hostility to outsiders.
Peace talks were stalled after recent hostilities.
Both sides are calling for a cessation of hostilities.
Origin and Etymology of hostility
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of hostility
HOSTILITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hostility for Students
1 : an unfriendly or hostile state, attitude, or action <They showed no hostility toward strangers.>
2 hostilities plural : acts of warfare
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