- 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.
Origin of hostile
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Examples from the Web for hostilely
The girls eyed her hostilely, where she stood, by the fireplace, dominating the scene.The Cricket
So the Organ-Sunday, which had begun so hostilely, ended quite peacefully.Erick and Sally
And their probably true father is for ever there, hostilely there, passing for her cousin, as usual: now her protecting cousin.Clarissa, Volume 7
For they did not regard him as hostilely as usual, and he immediately concluded they were on another track.The Luminous Face
The moment her fears that he had met Delamere hostilely were removed, all her tenderness for him returned with new force.Emmeline
Charlotte Turner Smith
- antagonistic; opposed
- of or relating to an enemy
- a hostile person; enemy
Word Origin and History for hostilely
late 15c., from Middle French hostile "of or belonging to an enemy" or directly from Latin hostilis "of an enemy," from hostis "enemy" (see guest). The noun meaning "hostile person" is recorded from 1838, American English, a word from the Indian wars.