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Definition of "hostility" []

  • The state of being hostile; antagonism or enmity. See Synonyms at enmity. (noun)
  • A hostile act. (noun)
  • Acts of war; overt warfare. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hostility" in a sentence
  • "From the time MacDonald was admitted, his family felt that they had "to beg" staff to treat him, only to be met with what they described as "hostility"."
  • "Jim asks, "If this hostility is anywhere near the typical Internet experience, is it any wonder that computing and IT are increasingly losing the women?""
  • "We have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man -- his negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence, and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion,"