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 inhospitable (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 The stories drift rather than drive along the narrative path, the pacing intentionally laborious at times and audio inhospitable for the express purpose of discomfort, resulting in an intrusive, claustrophobic experience. Mark Hughes, Forbes, "Review: ‘Undergods’ Is A Dystopian Fairy Tale For The Pandemic Era," 8 May 2021 Ninety-six years and four generations ago, the nursery began, built on a love of irises in the inhospitable cold of Minnesota. oregonlive, "How to grow irises in Oregon: Willamette Valley’s experts share the luck of the iris," 7 May 2021 For those who have not been fortunate enough to make billionaire lists, for midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, the valley has become increasingly inhospitable, testing their resilience and resolve. New York Times, "Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley," 6 May 2021 Its inhospitable surface has blazing temperatures that can melt lead. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Parker Solar Probe detects a radio signal from Venus' atmosphere," 4 May 2021 The priority list includes a makeover for the theater’s famously inhospitable bathrooms, as well as the bar and concession area. Ben Crandell,, "Gateway Theater reopening: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival to renovate, run the show," 30 Apr. 2021 Think of Hollywood and its inhospitable replicants — from Regina King and Maureen Dowd to Travon Free, Marlee Matlin, and even Bill Maher — as the Unpleasant Party. Armond White, National Review, "The Oscars Introduce Hollywood’s New Party: The Unpleasant Party," 28 Apr. 2021 Historically, the music industry has been inhospitable to openly gay, lesbian and bisexual artists. Neil Shah, WSJ, "After a Viral Love Song, Girl in Red Debuts Her New Album," 28 Apr. 2021 Humans created this problem and have to solve it, especially in the face of an increasingly inhospitable future ocean. Adam Erace, Fortune, "Human intervention has been killing the Florida reef. But now human intervention is necessary to save it," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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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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