Definitions for Hostileˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hos•tileˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to an enemy.

  2. opposed in feeling, action, or character; antagonistic:

    hostile criticism.

  3. not friendly or hospitable.

  4. (n.)one that is hostile.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of hostile:

1585–95; < L hostīlis=host(is) enemy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostile(adj)

    troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

    "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"

  2. hostile(adj)

    characterized by enmity or ill will

    "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

  3. hostile(adj)

    not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

    "hostile naval and air forces"

  4. hostile(adj)

    impossible to bring into friendly accord

    "hostile factions"

  5. hostile, uncongenial, unfriendly(adj)

    very unfavorable to life or growth

    "a hostile climate"; "an uncongenial atmosphere"; "an uncongenial soil"; "the unfriendly environment at high altitudes"

  6. hostile(adj)

    unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

    "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"; "hostile bid"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hostile(adjective)ˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl

    unfriendly and likely to fight

    her hostile response to my question; troops facing hostile forces

  2. hostileˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl

    strongly opposed

    groups who are hostile to the idea

  3. hostileˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl

    difficult to survive in; = harsh

    a hostile environment


  1. hostile(Noun)

    An enemy, especially an American Indian in arms against the whites.

  2. hostile(Adjective)

    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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostile(adj)

    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; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change

  2. Hostile(noun)

    an enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. hostile

    In combat and combat support operations, an identity applied to a track declared to belong to any opposing nation, party, group, or entity, which by virtue of its behavior or information collected on it such as characteristics, origin, or nationality contributes to the threat to friendly forces. See also neutral; suspect; unknown.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Hostile' in Adjectives Frequency: #716

Anagrams of Hostile

  1. holiest

  2. eoliths

Translations for Hostile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


unfriendly; warlike

hostile tribesmen.

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