- The definition of hostility is an unfriendly or warlike feeling.
- An example of hostility is a high school bully locking a classmate in their locker.
- An example of hostility is a bomb exploding in a crowded marketplace.
hostility definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. hostilities
- a feeling of enmity, ill will, unfriendliness, etc.; antagonism
- an expression of enmity and ill will; hostile act
- open acts of war; warfare
Origin: French hostilité ; from Late Latin hostilitas ; from Classical Latin hostilis, hostile
hostility definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hos·til·i·ties
- The state of being hostile; antagonism or enmity. See Synonyms at enmity.
- a. A hostile act.b. hostilities Acts of war; overt warfare.