Definitions for hostilityhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti
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hostility, ill will(noun)
a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition
"he could not conceal his hostility"
hostility, enmity, antagonism(noun)
a state of deep-seated ill-will
hostility, enmity, ill will(noun)
the feeling of a hostile person
"he could no longer contain his hostility"
violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
The state of being hostile.
A hostile action, especially a military action. See hostilities for specific plural definition.
Origin: From hostilitas.
state of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity
an act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy
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
Tendency to feel anger toward and to seek to inflict harm upon a person or group.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'hostility' in Nouns Frequency: #2089
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This administration has had an open hostility toward the Christian faith.
When suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester it can erupt into unrest.
There is no such thing as genocide, other people are trying to create hostility between us.
I call for (a) reduction of hostility, and for the resolution of disputes with peaceful measures.
Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.
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Translations for hostility
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- εχθρικότητα, εχθρότητα, εχθροπραξίαGreek
- 적의, 적대감Korean
- vijandigheid, vijandelijkheid, hostiliteit, vijandschapDutch
- ostilitate, dușmănieRomanian
- враждебный акт, враждебность, неприятие, враждаRussian
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