- a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
- a hostile act.
- opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc.
- acts of warfare.
Origin of hostility
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Examples from the Web for hostilities
But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Then he tried to claim there were no “hostilities” in Libya, to nullify the War Powers Resolution.Congress Set to Bow to Obama on ISIS War
September 5, 2014
They wrote a campaign platform that called, “after four years of failure to restore the Union,” for “a cessation of hostilities.”Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
The Miley tweet marked the peak of the hostilities, ushering in a social media silence between the two feuding celebs.Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Kiss, Break Up, Make Up
March 7, 2014
It is unclear if this week's cessation of hostilities will be able to put that genie back in the bottle.Government Ceasefire Is First Step Towards Peace in South Sudan
John Prendergast, Akshaya Kumar
January 24, 2014
Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.Quaint Courtships
Nat was waiting in the doorway for a renewal of hostilities, if any such there were to be.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But if hostilities are happily averted, with what propriety can it be said that Nihil fit?
Between him and all domestic animals there must be no hostilities.White Fang
There was thus a temporary respite of hostilities in this section of the country.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- enmity or antagonism
- an act expressing enmity or opposition
- (plural) fighting; warfare
Word Origin and History for hostilities
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.