- a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
- a hostile act.
- opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc.
- acts of warfare.
Origin of hostility
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Examples from the Web for hostility
Hostility to the non-urban regions includes a detestation of suburbia.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Amanda came home to largely welcoming American arms, her case held up as an example of hostility to Americans abroad.Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
For instance, when a couple is having trouble, the tension and hostility can bleed into BDSM scenes.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue
October 25, 2014
Even the way the term “aliens” is used to describe migrants spotted in the desert has an air of hostility.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Undeterred, Wanda and Ida press on along a road of hostility and dissimulation that will lead to the harrowing end of their quest.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
There she always finishes her hostility by making some solid acquisition.
There is hostility to it still, but mild as compared with that felt by our great-great-grandfathers.
The hostility to this seemingly harmless teaching was of the most intense.
Instantly, Martin's cordiality vanished; his hostility toward her surged.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
All the animals in the creation are more or less in a state of hostility with each other.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- enmity or antagonism
- an act expressing enmity or opposition
- (plural) fighting; warfare
Word Origin and History for hostility
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.