Definition of inhospitable in English:


Line breaks: in|hos¦pit|able
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnhɒˈspɪtəb(ə)l
, ɪnˈhɒspɪt-/


  • 1(Of an environment) harsh and difficult to live in: the inhospitable landscape
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    • 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, lonely, empty, forbidding, cheerless, hostile, harsh, inimical; uninhabitable, barren, bare, sterile, desolate, austere, severe, stark, spartan



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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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