noun, plural hos·til·i·ties.
- acts of warfare.
Examples from the Web for hostilities
But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he tried to claim there were no “hostilities” in Libya, to nullify the War Powers Resolution.
They wrote a campaign platform that called, “after four years of failure to restore the Union,” for “a cessation of hostilities.”Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed|Marc Wortman|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Miley tweet marked the peak of the hostilities, ushering in a social media silence between the two feuding celebs.Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Kiss, Break Up, Make Up|Amy Zimmerman|March 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is unclear if this week's cessation of hostilities will be able to put that genie back in the bottle.Government Ceasefire Is First Step Towards Peace in South Sudan|John Prendergast, Akshaya Kumar|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not to be supposed that Mr. Mason contemplated the probable renewal of hostilities without great anxiety.Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader|R. M. Ballantyne
Prussia will abstain from hostilities for five days, during which Austria will have to notify acceptance of preliminaries.The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph|Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
The small portion of that army which lay in Silesia was unprepared for hostilities.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The note of the President is in its tone sound and friendly, and excludes the possibility of hostilities.
Generosity did not oblige him to forget the hostilities of the King of France.
British Dictionary definitions for hostilities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for hostilities
early 15c., from Middle French hostilité "enmity" (15c.), or directly from Late Latin hostilitatem (nominative hostilitas) "enmity," from Latin hostilis, from hostis "enemy" (see guest). Hostilities in the sense of "warfare" attested from 1610s.