Definitions for hostilityhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hos•til•i•tyhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. a hostile state or attitude.

  2. a hostile act.

  3. opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, etc.

  4. hostilities, acts of warfare. war.

    Category: Military

Origin of hostility:

1375–1425; < L

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hostility(noun)ɒˈstɪl ɪ ti

    the feeling of being hostile toward

    her hostility toward her teachers

  2. hostilityɒˈstɪl ɪ ti

    ***fighting between groups, countries, etc.

    ***a treaty to end the hostilities


  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


  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

Translations for hostility

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


unfriendliness; opposition.

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