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hostility

[ho-stil-i-tee] /hɒˈstɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural hostilities.
1.
a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
2.
a hostile act.
3.
opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc.
4.
hostilities.
  1. acts of warfare.
  2. war.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English hostilite < Latin hostīlitās. See hostile, -ity
Related forms
nonhostility, noun
overhostility, noun
prehostility, noun, plural prehostilities.
semihostility, noun
Synonyms
1. animosity, animus, ill will, hatred. 4. fighting, conflict.
Antonyms
1. friendliness. 4. peace.
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Examples for hostility
  • After a few weeks of maintaining the status quo, hostility by a subset of students reared its ugly head again.
  • Yet the prevailing attitude toward information about learning still ranges from infinite caution to outright hostility.
  • No residue of hostility remains.
  • Many of these tales are greeted with skepticism and even hostility from historians.
  • Many faces were turned our way, some in curiosity, a few in open hostility.
  • Two studies on hostility find that being a sourpuss is no way to live.
  • Your defensiveness and hostility have gotten in the way of any chance of actual communication.
  • There is a strange mix of both hostility and festival in the air.
  • United by a hostility to innovation, reactionaries create seemingly odd alliances.
  • Understandably, people's knee-jerk reaction is hostility.
British Dictionary definitions for hostility

hostility

/hɒˈstɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
enmity or antagonism
2.
an act expressing enmity or opposition
3.
(pl) fighting; warfare
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Word Origin and History for hostility
hostility
1530s, from M.Fr. hostilité "enmity," from L.L. hostilitatem (nom. hostilitas) "enmity," from L. hostilis, from hostis "enemy."
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