in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) \

Definition of inhospitable

1 : not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive
2 : providing no shelter or sustenance an inhospitable environment

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Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitableness noun
inhospitably \ ˌin-​(ˌ)hä-​ˈspi-​tə-​blē How to pronounce inhospitably (audio) , (ˌ)in-​ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Examples of inhospitable in a Sentence

It's very inhospitable of him to be so rude to strangers. the proposal received an unexpectedly inhospitable response from the city council
Recent Examples on the Web Shoplifters focused on city dwellers forming a makeshift family, barely getting by in an inhospitable environment that pits them against their neighbors. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families," 2 July 2020 The classic science fiction novel in which a young boy survives a family betrayal on an inhospitable world. Washington Post, "Washington Post paperback bestsellers," 1 July 2020 The valley, part of a region claimed as part of Xinjiang by China and Ladakh by India, is cold and inhospitable, draped in snow with temperatures around freezing, even in summer. Brad Lendon And Maneeva Suri, CNN, "Satellite images show buildup at site of deadly India-China border clash," 26 June 2020 In cupboards, bedrooms and warehouses, a handful of tropical fungal species are making new lives in otherwise inhospitable temperate climates. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020 Jerusalem, in the tenth century B.C., is an inhospitable place for farmers but a strategic location for men on the run. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 But these are much bigger than Earth and closely orbit the star, making their surface temperatures very hot and inhospitable to life. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers may have found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star," 5 June 2020 Britain’s only native rabbit species, on the other hand, is utterly at home in these inhospitable conditions. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Britain’s only native rabbit species, on the other hand, is utterly at home in these inhospitable conditions. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhospitable was circa 1570

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9 Jul 2020

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“Inhospitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inhospitable

: not generous and friendly to guests or visitors
: having an environment where plants, animals, or people cannot live or grow easily
: not ready or willing to accept or consider something


in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , in-ˈhä-spi- \

Kids Definition of inhospitable

: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality He's inhospitable to strangers.

Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitably \ -​blē \ adverb

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