[in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l]
- not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
- (of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren: an inhospitable rocky coast.
Origin of inhospitable
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Examples from the Web for inhospitable
Be careful, it advised, your reaction could be misconceived as inhospitable.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
Most important, they won elections in what might have otherwise been inhospitable territory.GOP Needs More Northeast Republicans to Save the Party
January 30, 2013
But then the Sahara dried out, turning from a green savannah into an inhospitable desert.The Upside to Global Warming
August 26, 2011
Is it possible there is nothing to eat in this inhospitable mansion?'Lord Kilgobbin
It was shut, and looked as inhospitable as the rest of the place.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
The upper end of Lake Superior is comparatively on an inhospitable land.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
It's inhuman, it's inhospitable, when Lily wants you to, so!A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories
William D. Howells
Father Hickey had suffered the meed of his inhospitable conduct.The Miraculous Revenge
- not hospitable; unfriendly
- (of a region, an environment, etc) lacking a favourable climate, terrain, etc
Word Origin and History for inhospitable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper