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.
a person or thing that is antagonistic or unfriendly.
Military. an enemy soldier, plane, ship, etc.
- hos·tile·ly, adverb
- in·ter·hos·tile, adjective
- non·hos·tile, adjective
- non·hos·tile·ly, adverb
- o·ver·hos·tile, adjective
- o·ver·hos·tile·ly, adverb
- pre·hos·tile, adjective
- sem·i·hos·tile, adjective
- sem·i·hos·tile·ly, adverb
- un·hos·tile, adjective
- un·hos·tile·ly, adverb
- hostel, hostile
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How to use hostile in a sentence
He created a hostile work environment, but he did not fire you.Outing a Celeb Sex Pest and Mourning Larry Flynt … Sorta | Eugene Robinson | February 11, 2021 | Ozy
Ever since, advocates have argued that NDAs are a silencing mechanism that help perpetuate hostile work environments by keeping complaints hidden from the public.NDAs have long been used to silence the abused, advocates say. A new law may change that. | Paulina Villegas | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
In America’s uncivil war, both sides may hate the other, but one side — conservatives and Republicans — is more hostile and aggressive, increasingly willing to engage in anti-democratic and even violent attacks on their perceived enemies.In America’s ‘Uncivil War,’ Republicans Are The Aggressors | Perry Bacon Jr. (email@example.com) | February 8, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Each sister made her way through a hostile medical terrain with crucial support from family members and both male and female supporters.Determined to practice medicine, two sisters defied conventions | Janet Golden | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
He’s also one of the few scientists who can speak credibly to people of faith, who in some circles have come to regard science as hostile to their beliefs.NIH Director Francis Collins Is Fighting This Coronavirus While Preparing for the Next One | Belinda Luscombe | February 4, 2021 | Time
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were alone and unarmed in hostile territory without even having the reassurance of radio communications.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both had been accused of acts hostile to the North Korean state.To Free American Prisoners, America’s Top Spy Goes to North Korea | Shane Harris | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
De Merode is hundreds of miles from his wife and daughters, encircled by hostile forces, a target on the back of his uniform.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo | Nina Strochlic | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For years, young voters in America have been unenthusiastic about, if not outright hostile toward, the GOP.New Harvard Study Finds the Door to Millennial Vote Is Open to GOP | Kristen Soltis Anderson | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He obeyed without remark, though with an unsteady voice, as he uttered communications he knew were so hostile to her expectation.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
We met like hostile bulls, and wonder not that we should plunge at once upon each other's horns!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
He was a good judge of men, that eagle-faced major; he knew that the slightest move with hostile intent would mean a smoking gun.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Then affairs almost reached the point where the province was in hostile array, one side against another.
She knew that Alessandro had no knife, and had gone forward with no hostile intent; but she knew nothing beyond that.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for hostile
of or relating to an enemy
a hostile person; enemy
- hostilely, adverb
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