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Meaning of HOSTILE

Pronunciation:  'hâstl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (business) used of attempts to buy or take control of a business; "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"
  2. [adj]  marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development; "not able to accomplish much in such a hostile environment"
  3. [adj]  very unfriendly; "a hostile attitude"
  4. [adj]  not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; "hostile naval and air forces"
  5. [adj]  very unfavorable to life or growth; "a hostile climate"; "an uncongenial atmosphere"; "an uncongenial soil"; "the unfriendly environment at high altitudes"
  6. [adj]  characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
  7. [adj]  impossible to bring into friendly accord; "hostile factions"

HOSTILE is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: aggressive, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, at loggerheads, belligerent, bitter, dirty, enemy(a), head-on, ill, inhospitable, inimical, irreconcilable, opponent, opposing, truculent, uncongenial, unfavorable, unfavourable, unfriendly, unreconcilable
 Antonyms: amicable, friendly
 See Also: hateful, offensive, unpeaceful, violent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hos"tile\, a. [L. hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F.
    hostile. See {Host} an army.]
    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.
    Syn: Warlike; inimical; unfriendly; antagonistic; opposed;
         adverse; opposite; contrary; repugnant.
  2. \Hos"tile\, n.
    An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the
    whites; -- commonly in the plural. [Colloq.] --P. H.
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