• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hostile 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"
    • adj hostile not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally "hostile naval and air forces"
    • adj hostile very unfavorable to life or growth "a hostile climate","an uncongenial atmosphere","an uncongenial soil","the unfriendly environment at high altitudes"
    • adj hostile characterized by enmity or ill will "a hostile nation","a hostile remark","hostile actions"
    • adj hostile impossible to bring into friendly accord "hostile factions"
    • n hostile troops belonging to the enemy's military forces "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The British once went to war over a sailor’s ear. It happened in 1739, when Britain launched hostilities against Spain because a Spanish officer had supposedly sliced off the ear of a ship’s captain named Robert Jenkins.
    • n Hostile An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hostile Of or pertaining to an enemy: as, hostile ground.
    • hostile Of inimical character or tendency; having or exhibiting enmity or antagonism; antagonistic: as, a hostile manifesto; hostile criticism.
    • hostile Synonyms Averse, Adverse, Inimical, Hostile; unfriendly, warlike. Averse applies to feeling, adverse to action: as, I was very averse to his going; an adverse vote; adverse fortune. Inimical expresses both feeling and action, generally in private affairs. Hostile also expresses both feeling and action, but applies especially to public affairs; where it applies to private matters, it expresses either strong or conspicuous action or feeling, or both, or all.
    • n hostile An enemy: specifically, in the United States, a hostile Indian; an Indian who is engaged in warfare against the whites.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hostile hos′til belonging to an enemy: showing enmity: warlike: adverse
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses.”
  • John Berger
    “One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.”
  • Seneca
    “He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.”
  • George Washington
    “Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”


Hostile takeover - If a company is bought out when it does not want to be, it is known as a hostile takeover.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hostilishostis.


In literature:

He was broken by debauchery and torn this way and that by two violently hostile parties in his own camp.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Strange to say the first to suffer from the outbreak of hostilities was Poland.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He did not grow therefore the less hostile.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Open hostilities began in June, 1763.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
He saved the French garrison at Detroit from an attack by hostile Indians.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Onward they marched against that strong city, heedless of the hostile portents which they met on their way.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A thrill of hostility shot through him.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
The author of the Acts, true to his hostility to the Jews, of course brings them in as the persecutors.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
It was just possible that the ranchers might perpetrate some hostile act.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I seen him lookin' hostile at you when you was quizzin' him in Balleau's.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer

In poetry:

I cannot sing in happy mood
While hostile armies take their toll.
On these dark days I toil and brood
With starless midnight in my soul.
"Dark Days" by Max Ehrmann
The Indian, leaning on his bow,
On hostile cliff, in desert drear,
Cast with less joy his glance below,
When came some friendly warrior near;
"To Robert Southey" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Night! of the dooms to which they sweep
What rumor from the battle's verge,
Where sun and sun their chariots urge
To leaguers of the hostile Deep?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Ah, fair to me your wheaten-colored coat,
And fair the darker velvet of your ear,
Ragged and scarred with old hostilities
That never taught you fear.
"To Tim -- An Irish Terrier" by Winifred Mary Letts
Not where the huge war steamer plys,
Through hostile seas resistless sweeping,
Led in her wake her battle prize,
To port her course triumphant keeping.
"On The Departure of The Barque "Fame"" by Janet Hamilton
Folk in thrall to the enemy,
Vanquished, tilling a soil
Hateful and hostile grown;
Always wearily, warily,
Feeding deep in the heart
Passion they dare not own---
"The Invasion" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

Fueling some of the latest outrage is the overt hostility of Bloomberg, a former smoker himself, to today's puffers.
In interviews and attack ads, the presidential candidates have taken increasingly hostile swipes at each other as their nominating conventions approach and Mitt Romney prepares to select a running mate.
They blast NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, calling him "intimidating," "hostile".
As any good soldier will tell you, it's important to be prepared before entering a field of battle or dangerously hostile territory.
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has ruled against a Utah construction company accused of creating a hostile environment for black employees.
As Jay-Z brings the traveling road show known as Blueprint III to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena Oct 27, he does so at a time when he is literally carrying both hip-hop and it's hostile captor—Rap Mu$ick, LLP—on his back.
For ages, nations have dreamed of building invulnerable shields to protect themselves from hostile forces.
Peachtree City is looking at yet another EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) filing by city employee Lisa Ficalore over what her complaint is calling a retaliatory and hostile work environment.
The high court said that while incidents that occurred before the law took effect cannot be retroactively remedied, they can be used in an overall hostile workplace case if the actions continued after June 2006.
Institutions should address bad behavior to prevent hostile work environments and protect patient safety, a new study says.
The First Boston Corporation assured Salomon Inc yesterday that it would not help Revlon Inc in what many think could develop into a hostile takeover bid for the nation's biggest investment banking house.
The melvins little chudas congo hostile ambient takeover ipecac.
"In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive and that public debate can only proceed on secular terms," ...
It is hostile to books, hostile to people, hostile to the city of Paris.
Hostility to Israel is widespread and rising.

In science:

Next we turn to an alternative local update rule termed hostile merging.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
This is the basic idea underlying the concepts of GHZ (Gonzalez et al. 2001) and of the Rare Earth (Brownlee and Ward 2002): complex life in the Universe may be rare, not for intrinsic reasons (i.e. improbability of development of life on a planet), but for extrinsic ones, related to the hostile cosmic environment.
On the "Galactic Habitable Zone"
It should be noted that these measurements need to be done “in the field”, which in the case of millimeter radio telescopes generally means the hostile environment of a high mountain site.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
The implementation is not created in an hostile environment and any implementation error is only an unintended bug such as use of poor pseudo-random generators.
Statistical Analysis of Privacy and Anonymity Guarantees in Randomized Security Protocol Implementations
If the implementation is hostile, it can contain bugs which can not be easily detected by random sampling.
Statistical Analysis of Privacy and Anonymity Guarantees in Randomized Security Protocol Implementations