[ ho-stil-i-tee ]
/ hɒˈstɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural hos·til·i·ties.

a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
a hostile act.
opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc.
  1. acts of warfare.
  2. war1.

Origin of hostility

1375–1425; late Middle English hostilite < Latin hostīlitās. See hostile, -ity
Related formsnon·hos·til·i·ty, nouno·ver·hos·til·i·ty, nounpre·hos·til·i·ty, noun, plural pre·hos·til·i·ties.sem·i·hos·til·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hostility


/ (hɒˈstɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

enmity or antagonism
an act expressing enmity or opposition
(plural) fighting; warfare
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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.

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