Origin: 1585–95; < Latinhostīlis, equivalent to hostis enemy (see host2) + -īlis-ile
Can be confused: hostel, hostile (see synonym study at the current entry).
Synonyms 1. warlike, aggressive. 2. adverse, averse, contrary. Hostile, inimical indicate that which characterizes an enemy or something injurious to one's interests. Hostile applies to the spirit, attitude, or action of an enemy: They showed a hostile and menacing attitude.Inimical applies to an antagonistic or injurious tendency or influence: Their remarks were inimical to his reputation.