What does hostile mean?

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ˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪlhos·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostileadjective

    troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

    "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"

  2. hostileadjective

    characterized by enmity or ill will

    "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

  3. hostileadjective

    not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

    "hostile naval and air forces"

  4. hostileadjective

    impossible to bring into friendly accord

    "hostile factions"

  5. hostile, uncongenial, unfriendlyadjective

    very unfavorable to life or growth

    "a hostile climate"; "an uncongenial atmosphere"; "an uncongenial soil"; "the unfriendly environment at high altitudes"

  6. hostileadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. hostilenoun

    An enemy, especially an American Indian in arms against the whites.

  2. hostileadjective

    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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HOSTILEadjective

    Adverse; opposite; suitable to an enemy.

    Etymology: hostilis, Latin.

    He has now at last
    Giv’n hostile strokes, and that not in the presence
    Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers
    That do distribute it. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Fierce Juno’s hate,
    Added to hostile force, shall urge thy fate. John Dryden, Æn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostileadjective

    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. Hostilenoun

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hostile

    Belonging to an enemy; appropriate to an enemy; showing ill-will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or a hostile people; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force, hostile country, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hostile' in Adjectives Frequency: #716

Anagrams for hostile »

  1. holiest

  2. eoliths

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Numerology

  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

Examples of hostile in a Sentence

  1. The PPB:

    The hostile crowd estimated to be over 100 people tore down crime-scene police tape and encroached on the work area.

  2. Nick Timothy:

    No amount of trade and investment should justify allowing a hostile state easy access to the country's critical national infrastructure.

  3. Andy Shepherd:

    The polar regions are hostile environments and are extremely difficult to access from the ground, because of this, the view from space is an essential tool for tracking the effects of climate change.

  4. Wumi Afruyi:

    It's getting worse, honestly, if the cops think we're out to get them and that we want to retaliate, even if that's not 100% true, they're going to be hostile towards us, and we're going to be hostile towards them. It's a mess.

  5. European Council:

    Turkey must stop its provocations, its hostile rhetoric.

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