• (RP) IPA: /hɒˈstɪlɪti/
  • (GA) IPA: /hɑˈstɪlɪti/


  1. (uncountable) The state of being hostile.
    My resentment and anger towards you caused hostility and a division between us.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      There is no hostilitie so excellent, as that which is absolutely Christian.
    • 2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, "London Is Special, but Not That Special ↗," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
      The polarization of wealth and the polarization of attitudes to diversity are not unrelated. A key reason for popular hostility to immigrants is that to many people, particularly within working-class communities, immigration has become a symbol of unacceptable change.
  2. (countable) A hostile action, especially a military action. See hostilities for specific plural definition.
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: вражде́бный акт
  • Spanish: hostilidad

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