noun, plural hos·til·i·ties.
- acts of warfare.
- hostile sexism,
- hostile takeover,
- hostile witness,
- hot air,
- hot and bothered
Origin of hostility
Examples from the Web for hostility
Hostility to the non-urban regions includes a detestation of suburbia.
Amanda came home to largely welcoming American arms, her case held up as an example of hostility to Americans abroad.
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|Heather Boerner|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Caitlin Dickson|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Jack Schwartz|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had shown in their convention a few weeks before their hostility to autonomy.The History of Cuba, vol. 4|Willis Fletcher Johnson
One sorrow approaches humiliation and hostility, and these thoughts have revived me.The Last Days of Tolstoy|V. G. Chertkov
For priests he had not a civil word; and they showed their sense of his hostility by getting him killed as soon as possible.Preface to Androcles and the Lion|George Bernard Shaw
Although he had himself dreaded a good deal from the hostility of the Pottawattamie, he could have wished this deed undone.Oak Openings|James Fenimore Cooper
He was sensible only of their hostility and utter want of sympathy.Tales of Space and Time|Herbert George Wells
noun plural -ties
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.