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 outsidersb (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.
Recent Examples of hostility from the Web
By the time Benjamin Netanyahu secured a third term as prime minister in 2013, the tensions had hardened into outright hostility.
Opposition to Trump runs deep here, and the city has been taking out some of that hostility on the Kushner Cos., withdrawing political support for high-profile projects and shining a spotlight on the company’s business practices.
As for the White House, Mr. Zucker acknowledged that there could be a personal component to the hostility of the president, who disdains any signs of disloyalty.
The approach exudes a Trumplike hostility to Washington elites, but not necessarily to government.
BREWERS THIS WEEK After a day off Monday, the Brewers return to NL Central hostilities with three games in Cincinnati against the Reds, who have been sinking in the division.
An armistice is defined at a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties, a truce.
A rebel commander in Deraa told Reuters hostilities had not stopped three hours after the ceasefire was due to begin.
Democrats, before Wednesday, had long argued that Trump stoked hate with his slashing style and many have complained that Obama had faced unprecedented hostility.
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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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