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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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British Dictionary definitions for prehostility

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 prehostility

hostility

n.

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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