Definition of hostility in English:

hostility

Syllabification: hos·til·i·ty
Pronunciation: /häˈstilitē
 
/

noun (plural hostilities)

1Hostile behavior; unfriendliness or opposition: their hostility to all outsiders
More example sentences
  • Such was the anger and hostility among the callers that one official refused to take any more calls.
  • In fact they will probably go along with it, not wanting to attract further hostility from the military.
  • Any identity built on hostility to others can change the object of its hostility as easily as a man changes his coat.
Synonyms
1.1 (hostilities) Acts of warfare: he called for an immediate cessation of hostilities
More example sentences
  • Plans were made for a second campaign but renewed hostilities in Gaul delayed action until the following year.
  • VE Day passed by with little impact on those still engaged in hostilities in the Far East.
  • Many of those people know perfectly well that they will be engaged in hostilities.
Synonyms
fighting, conflict, armed conflict, combat, aggression, warfare, war, bloodshed, violence

Origin

late Middle English: from French hostilité or late Latin hostilitas, from Latin hostilis (see hostile).

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