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inhospitable Syllabification: in·hos·pi·ta·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌinhäˈspidəb(ə)l/

Definition of inhospitable in English:


1(Of an environment) harsh and difficult to live in: the inhospitable landscape
More example sentences
  • Tibetans still form a majority of people living in the inhospitable countryside.
  • So why would any sane recreational diver seek to dive in such an inhospitable environment?
  • It is a harsh, inhospitable land, covered in flies and governed by insufferable temperatures that defies easy civilization.
uninviting, unwelcoming;
bleak, forbidding, cheerless, hostile, savage, wild, harsh, inimical;
uninhabitable, barren, bare, austere, desolate, stark, spartan
1.1(Of a person) unfriendly and unwelcoming toward people.
Example sentences
  • He encountered storms, bogs and forests, was given the cold shoulder by the inhospitable inhabitants of Fouzilhac, got lost and had to camp out for the first time.
  • She lived in Toronto for one year and discovered that English Canadians were not the cold, inhospitable lot she had been led to believe they were.
  • Nor were its inhabitants ‘a wild and inhospitable people’, of whom it could be said ‘All their habits are the habits of barbarians’.
unwelcoming, unfriendly, unsociable, antisocial, unneighborly, uncongenial;
aloof, cool, cold, frosty, distant, remote, indifferent, uncivil, discourteous, ungracious;
ungenerous, unkind, unsympathetic
informal standoffish


Pronunciation: /ˈˌinhäˈspidəbəlnəs/ /ˈˌinˈhäspidəbəlnəs/ /inhäˈspidəbəlnəs/ /inˈhäspidəbəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • With the extent and inhospitableness of its spaces, it was a night of eerie solitude.
  • Flying into Arequipa gives a sense of the inhospitableness of the landscape.
Pronunciation: /ˈˌinhäˈspidəblē/ /ˈˌinˈhäspidəblē/ /inhäˈspidəblē/ /inˈhäspidəblē/
Example sentences
  • As spring turns to summer, the mercury rises drastically in the region, making the deserts that are likely to be the theatre for war, inhospitably hot.
  • The area has gold, coal, tin, oil, and reindeer, but making a living out of any of them is tough because of inhospitably cold temperatures and high winds.
  • The breathtaking scenery, which ranges from inhospitably barren to invitingly lush, makes The Motorcycle Diaries a story of the land as much as a story of the two men traveling it.
Pronunciation: /inˌhäspəˈtalədē/
Example sentences
  • Flying high above, the sight of cities gives an impression of the human struggle for survival against the harsh inhospitality of nature.
  • ‘The sheer inhospitality of the region means there is very little there, other than desert and mountains,’ he says.
  • Sir, please pardon my inhospitality, however, it is rather late and I am actually not very anxious to see you at the moment.


Late 16th century: French, from in- 'not' + hospitable (see hospitable).

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