hostile

[ hos-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl ]
/ ˈhɒs tl or, esp. British, -taɪl /

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

1585–95; < Latin hostīlis, equivalent to hostis enemy (see host2) + -īlis -ile

SYNONYMS FOR hostile

2 adverse, averse, contrary. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM hostile

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hostile

hostel hostile (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for hostilely

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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