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Syllabification: hos·tile
Pronunciation: /ˈhästl
, ˈhäˌstīl

Definition of hostile in English:


1Unfriendly; antagonistic: a hostile audience he wrote a ferociously hostile attack
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  • But it was clear last night that the proposals would face hostile opposition from some health professionals and parents' groups.
  • On the other hand, it meant that some of his ideas provoked hostile opposition, while others were greeted with incomprehension or indifference.
  • And they have recognised that the movement must be built in the face of hostile opposition from a Labour government.
1.1Of or belonging to a military enemy: hostile aircraft
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  • At least 80 troops are listed simply as killed in enemy or hostile action.
  • We shouldn't interpret this yet as moving toward enemy status or hostile status.
  • This can create some interesting maneuvers as Rayne takes on nearby enemies while evading hostile fire.
1.2 [predicative] Opposed: people are very hostile to the idea
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  • Globalization simply means freedom of movement for goods and people, and it is hard to be violently hostile to that.
  • On the other, they are hostile to hard work and always on the look out for an easy buck.
  • Of course, the media is hostile to nationalism in Scotland and gives the SNP a hard time, but that has always been the case.
opposed to, averse to, antagonistic to, ill-disposed to, disapproving of, unsympathetic to, antipathetic to;
opposing, against, inimical to
informal anti, down on
1.3(Of a takeover bid) opposed by the company to be bought.
Example sentences
  • Cable company Comcast sprang a hostile takeover bid on Disney on February 11.
  • Irish software firm Riverdeep is a prime target for a hostile takeover bid, according to industry analysts.
  • It marks the first time a foreign company has launched a hostile takeover bid for a mainland company.


late 16th century: from French, or from Latin hostilis, from hostis 'stranger, enemy'.



Example sentences
  • My late friend Ivan Tors, who produced ‘Flipper,’ told me that he never saw an animal act hostilely, unless they were very hungry.
  • I can say I did react hostilely originally when Susan tried address the problem on her own.
  • The effect, Scalia explained, was that some topics were favored over others: you could be punished for speaking symbolically and hostilely about race, but not, for instance, about sexual orientation.

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