What does hostility mean?

Definitions for hostilityhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostility, ill will(noun)

    a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition

    "he could not conceal his hostility"

  2. hostility, enmity, antagonism(noun)

    a state of deep-seated ill-will

  3. hostility, enmity, ill will(noun)

    the feeling of a hostile person

    "he could no longer contain his hostility"

  4. aggression, hostility(noun)

    violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

Wiktionary

  1. hostility(Noun)

    The state of being hostile.

  2. hostility(Noun)

    A hostile action, especially a military action. See hostilities for specific plural definition.

  3. Origin: From hostilitas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostility(noun)

    state of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity

  2. Hostility(noun)

    an act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy

Freebase

  1. Hostility

    Hostility is seen as form of emotionally-charged angry behavior. In everyday speech it is more commonly used as a synonym for anger and aggression. It appears in several psychological theories. For instance it is a facet of neuroticism in the NEO PI, and forms part of personal construct psychology, developed by George Kelly.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hostility

    Tendency to feel anger toward and to seek to inflict harm upon a person or group.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hostility' in Nouns Frequency: #2089

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostility in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Saintsbury:

    Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

  3. Colin Wilson:

    In the civilisation a new law of hostility prevails. And to call it the law of the jungle is unfair to the jungle.

  4. Jeffrey Toobin:

    The most important thing would be, did he say anything that indicates racial hostility, either before, or after, or during (the shooting)?

  5. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.

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