Hostile definition

hŏstəl, -tīl
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An enemy in warfare.
noun
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy.

Hostile forces; hostile acts.

adjective
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An antagonistic person or thing.
noun
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Having or showing ill will; unfriendly; antagonistic.
adjective
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Not hospitable or compatible; adverse.
adjective
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Of or characteristic of an enemy; warlike.
adjective
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Feeling or showing enmity or ill will.

Interpreted the remark as hostile.

adjective
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Being in opposition; opposed.

Hostile to the proposal.

adjective
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Unfavorable to health or well-being; inhospitable or adverse.

A hostile climate.

adjective
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(finance) Designating or of a takeover of a corporation against the wishes of its management.
adjective
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A hostile person.
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(chiefly in the plural) An enemy.
noun
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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.

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The definition of hostile is defined as aggressive, angry or unfriendly.

An example of hostile is walking up to a stranger on the street and screaming in their ear for no reason; a hostile act.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hostile
Plural:
hostiles

Origin of hostile

  • Latin hostīlis from hostis enemy ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French hostile, from Latin hostīlis, from hostis (“enemy”).

    From Wiktionary