- of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation.
- opposed in feeling, action, or character; antagonistic: hostile criticism.
- characterized by antagonism.
- not friendly, warm, or generous; not hospitable.
- a person or thing that is antagonistic or unfriendly.
- Military. an enemy soldier, plane, ship, etc.
Origin of hostile
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Examples from the Web for hostile
They were alone and unarmed in hostile territory without even having the reassurance of radio communications.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
De Merode is hundreds of miles from his wife and daughters, encircled by hostile forces, a target on the back of his uniform.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
And she went right down into a mine area, between two hostile sides.Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk
October 20, 2014
"The concept of a hostile work environment was being discussed, it was a new thing," she says.And Now Mitch McConnell Is the ‘Pro-Woman’ Candidate!
October 20, 2014
“London audiences can be really, really critical and hostile,” McKell stated.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
They were all facing him, and their faces were alive with interest; yet they made no hostile move.Way of the Lawless
They must proceed, in fact, as if they were founding a great city on a hostile soil.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
It was curious how much help he expected of Vicksburg, a hostile town.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The boy who crossed the bridge found himself in hostile country.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
At first suspicious and hostile, White Fang grew to like this petting.White Fang
- antagonistic; opposed
- of or relating to an enemy
- a hostile person; enemy
Word Origin and History for hostile
late 15c., from Middle French hostile "of or belonging to an enemy" or directly from Latin hostilis "of an enemy," from hostis "enemy" (see guest). The noun meaning "hostile person" is recorded from 1838, American English, a word from the Indian wars.