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[in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, ˌɪn hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
(of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren:
an inhospitable rocky coast.
Origin of inhospitable
1560-70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin inhospitābilis. See in-3, hospitable
Related forms
inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • I shall be glad to see you,' she corrected herself, thinking she had been inhospitable and ungracious.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • Are they wild and inhospitable, or friendly to the stranger and god-fearing?

  • The horses followed them instinctively, as they pressed as closely as they could to the shelter of the inhospitable plant.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
  • From 1802 to 1817 he did not quit the inhospitable latitudes of northern Russia.

  • Our thoughts are plants that never flourish in inhospitable soils or chilling atmospheres.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They are worse than the sea, and that was inhospitable enough.

    Gycia Lewis Morris
  • Hope, a fever of hope alone sustained his weary limbs over the inhospitable ice.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for inhospitable


/ɪnˈhɒspɪtəbəl; ˌɪnhɒˈspɪt-/
not hospitable; unfriendly
(of a region, an environment, etc) lacking a favourable climate, terrain, etc
Derived Forms
inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inhospitable

1560s, from Middle French inhospitable (15c.), from Medieval Latin inhospitabilis (equivalent of Latin inhospitalis), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Medieval Latin hospitabilis (see hospitable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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