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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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  • There she always finishes her hostility by making some solid acquisition.

  • The hostility to this seemingly harmless teaching was of the most intense.

  • There is hostility to it still, but mild as compared with that felt by our great-great-grandfathers.

  • Instantly, Martin's cordiality vanished; his hostility toward her surged.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • All the animals in the creation are more or less in a state of hostility with each other.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for hostility

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 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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