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

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Amid these giant structures and inhospitable foregrounds, Schwartz celebrates a collection of ragtag users including a sweaty jogger, a parking lot attendant, skateboarders and tailgaters picnicking under a grimy bridge. Steven Litt,, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 Data is not plentiful in this inhospitable part of the world, and the climate is particularly complex and variable from across the region. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Declassified satellite images show how Himalayan glaciers have shrunk," 19 June 2019 Try the South Orkney islands, a wildly inhospitable chain 375 miles off the coast of Antarctica. David Ferry,, "Inside the mysterious sport of ‘country collecting’," 11 June 2019 The benefits of bilbies Bilbies live in notoriously inhospitable regions of Australian outback, where temperatures can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit and wildfires are a regular occurrence. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Meet the bilby, Australia's own 'Easter bunny'," 18 Apr. 2019 And yet, despite this inhospitable landscape, Namibia is seeing rapid tourism growth, with four new lodgings opening in 2018 and several more on the way. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 At least 60,000 people migrating internationally have died since 2000, while crossing the sea, traveling through inhospitable landscapes, in detention or elsewhere. Megan Specia, New York Times, "U.N. Agrees on Migration Pact, but U.S. Is Conspicuously Absent," 13 July 2018 But supposedly progressive policies that restrict housing, increase the cost of living, and attract the homeless to migrate to cities are making these places increasingly inhospitable to middle-class and working families. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 Previous to that, Broadway, for the African-American community, was an inhospitable place. Diane Snyder, Billboard, "Tony Nominee Spotlight: Andre De Shields Reflects on His 50 Year Career & Playing Hermes in 'Hadestown'," 8 June 2019

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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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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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