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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 replied: surely it is not the custom of Englishmen to receive strangers so inhospitably.

    Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • The Jalapenos did not receive us inhospitably—nor the Jalapenas either.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He had tried a well-known drain near Cleshey Farm House; but it had been inhospitably, nay cruelly, closed against him.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • A light was burning in the hallway, but dimly and inhospitably; of the facade of the building I could perceive little.

  • I was explaining to Mr. Fleming how inhospitably we are forced to treat him, on account of that traitor Sanders.

  • To stand up would show, he thought, that he was not inhospitably eager to detain the parting guest.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • Of all comers here, I who expected most kindly welcome am most inhospitably treated.

    In New England Fields and Woods Rowland E. Robinson
  • Turning about we saw, clustered at the entrance, the band of Indians who had met us so inhospitably at the beach.

  • He said that as he had been treated so inhospitably he would not pay the 30 per cent.

  • For this man had been most inhospitably treated, through his strange but undeniable likeness to a perfidious Briton.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for inhospitably


/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 inhospitably



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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