What does Hostile mean?

Definitions for Hostileˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Hostile.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hostile

    hos′til, adj. belonging to an enemy: showing enmity: warlike: adverse.—adv. Hos′tilely.—n. Hostil′ity, enmity:—pl. Hostil′ities, acts of warfare. [L. hostilishostis.]

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 for Hostile »

  1. holiest

  2. eoliths


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hostile in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hostile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Napoleon:

    Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

  2. John Andrew Holmes:

    The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it unfriendly. It is simply indifferent.

  3. Sandra Mellott:

    Sometimes I think they take my orientation as some kind of personal attack and they can get really hostile about it.

  4. Ken Keys:

    A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.

  5. Russell Baker:

    I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.

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