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inhospitable

[in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, ˌɪn hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
2.
(of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren:
an inhospitable rocky coast.
Origin of inhospitable
1560-1570
1560-70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin inhospitābilis. See in-3, hospitable
Related forms
inhospitableness, noun
inhospitably, adverb
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  • The Jalapenos did not receive us inhospitably—nor the Jalapenas either.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Having so inhospitably fixed the hour of departure, Lilly wanted to be nice.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • The windows were inhospitably blank, and his heart fell with disappointment.

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

  • A light was burning in the hallway, but dimly and inhospitably; of the facade of the building I could perceive little.

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

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • 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
  • Turning about we saw, clustered at the entrance, the band of Indians who had met us so inhospitably at the beach.

  • It seems a long while since she inhospitably requested me to make myself scarce.

  • 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

inhospitable

/ɪnˈhɒspɪtəbəl; ˌɪnhɒˈspɪt-/
adjective
1.
not hospitable; unfriendly
2.
(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

inhospitable

adj.

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).

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