Definitions for hostilityhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hos•til•i•tyhɒˈstɪl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
a hostile state or attitude.
a hostile act.
opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, etc.
hostilities, acts of warfare. war.
Origin of hostility:
1375–1425; < L
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
hostility(noun)ɒˈstɪl ɪ ti
the feeling of being hostile toward
her hostility toward her teachers
hostilityɒˈstɪl ɪ ti
***fighting between groups, countries, etc.
***a treaty to end the hostilities
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
Translations for hostility
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
- عَداوَه، عِداءArabic
- hostilidadePortuguese (BR)
- die FeindschaftGerman
- दुश्मनी, शत्रुताHindi
- ellenséges viszonyHungarian
- oštro suprotstavljanjeSerbian
- fientlighet, fiendskap, ovänlighetSwedish
- 敵意Chinese (Trad.)
- sự thù địchVietnamese
- 敌意Chinese (Simp.)
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