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


  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


  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. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    This administration has had an open hostility toward the Christian faith.

  2. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    When suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester it can erupt into unrest.

  3. Ibrahim Hooper:

    These two forms of hostility seem to be overlapping and reinforcing each other.

  4. Fadime Gurgen:

    There is no such thing as genocide, other people are trying to create hostility between us.

  5. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou:

    I call for (a) reduction of hostility, and for the resolution of disputes with peaceful measures.

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