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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. war1 .
Origin of hostility
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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  • Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.

  • 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 Jack London
  • There was thus a temporary respite of hostilities in this section of the country.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for hostilities

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 hostilities

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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