Definition of hostile in English:

hostile

Syllabification: hos·tile
Pronunciation: /ˈhästl, ˈhäˌstīl
 
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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 [predic.] 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.
    Synonyms
    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.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

hostilely

adverb
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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