in·​hos·​pi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)in-ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce inhospitality (audio) \

Definition of inhospitality

: the quality or state of being inhospitable

Examples of inhospitality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet the Mall in Washington is commonly regarded as America’s noblest civic space, while the plaza in Albany is seen as a monstrous failure, vicious in its inhospitality. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, "The Death of Public Beauty," 3 Sep. 2020 For more than a year after his election in 2018, Salvini was happy to hold the spotlight, taking the credit and the blame for Europe’s inhospitality to migrants. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "Inside the effort to rescue Europe’s unwelcome immigrants," 17 Oct. 2019 Krawcheck’s flameout generated countless pages of commentary about Wall Street’s inhospitality to women. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "The Corporate Glass Ceiling Remains, But 2019 Has Seen Some Epic Cracks," 23 Sep. 2019 Family separation at the border and another measure Damus knows first hand, detention of asylum seekers, also point to the current American inhospitality. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Haitian asylum seeker Ansly Damus adjusting to freedom, seeks work to help family back home: Michael K. McIntyre," 14 July 2019 The corporate world is even mimicking academia in its inhospitality to nonconforming speakers. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Don’t Even Think About Being Evil," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of inhospitality

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Inhospitality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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