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[ho-stil-i-tee] /hɒˈstɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural hostilities.
a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
a hostile act.
opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc.
  1. acts of warfare.
  2. war1 .
Origin of hostility
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English hostilite < Latin hostīlitās. See hostile, -ity
Related forms
nonhostility, noun
overhostility, noun
prehostility, noun, plural prehostilities.
semihostility, noun
1. animosity, animus, ill will, hatred. 4. fighting, conflict.
1. friendliness. 4. peace. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


noun (pl) -ties
enmity or antagonism
an act expressing enmity or opposition
(pl) fighting; warfare
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Word Origin and History for hostility

early 15c., from Middle French hostilité "enmity" (15c.), or directly from Late Latin hostilitatem (nominative hostilitas) "enmity," from Latin hostilis, from hostis "enemy" (see guest). Hostilities in the sense of "warfare" attested from 1610s.

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