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hostile

[ hos-tl, -tahyl ]
/ ˈhɒs tl, -taɪl /
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adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation.
opposed in feeling, action, or character; antagonistic: hostile criticism.
characterized by antagonism.
not friendly, warm, or generous; not hospitable.
noun
a person or thing that is antagonistic or unfriendly.
Military. an enemy soldier, plane, ship, etc.
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Origin of hostile

First recorded in 1585–95; from Latin hostīlis, equivalent to hostis “enemy” (see host2) + -īlis -ile

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2. Hostile, inimical indicate that which characterizes an enemy or something injurious to one's interests. Hostile applies to the spirit, attitude, or action of an enemy: They showed a hostile and menacing attitude. Inimical applies to an antagonistic or injurious tendency or influence: Their remarks were inimical to his reputation.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hostile

hostel, hostile
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British Dictionary definitions for hostile

hostile
/ (ˈhɒstaɪl) /

adjective
antagonistic; opposed
of or relating to an enemy
unfriendly
noun
a hostile person; enemy

Derived forms of hostile

hostilely, adverb

Word Origin for hostile

C16: from Latin hostīlis, from hostis enemy
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