hostile[häs′təl; chiefly Brit, -tīl′]
A hostile driver.
An example of hostile is walking up to a stranger on the street and screaming in their ear for no reason; a hostile act.
- of or characteristic of an enemy; warlike
- having or showing ill will; unfriendly; antagonistic
- not hospitable or compatible; adverse
- Finance of or relating to the acquisition of a corporation against the wishes of its management: a hostile takeover
Origin of hostileClassical Latin hostilis ; from hostis, enemy: see hospice
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: hostile forces; hostile acts.
- Feeling or showing enmity or ill will: interpreted the remark as hostile.
- Being in opposition; opposed: hostile to the proposal.
- Unfavorable to health or well-being; inhospitable or adverse: a hostile climate.
- An antagonistic person or thing.
- An enemy in warfare.
Origin of hostileLatin hostīlis, from hostis, enemy; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more hostile, superlative most hostile)
- Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly
- a hostile force
- hostile intentions
- a hostile country
- hostile to a sudden change
- (chiefly in the plural) An enemy.
From Middle French hostile, from Latin hostīlis, from hostis (“enemy”).