• WordNet 3.6
    • n hostility violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
    • n hostility a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition "he could not conceal his hostility"
    • n hostility the feeling of a hostile person "he could no longer contain his hostility"
    • n hostility a state of deep-seated ill-will
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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.
    • Hostility An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy. See hostilities "He who proceeds to wanton hostility , often provokes an enemy where he might have a friend."
    • Hostility State of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity. "Hostility being thus suspended with France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hostility The state of being hostile; inimical feeling; antagonism.
    • n hostility Hostile action; open opposition by war or other means; especially, in the plural, acts of warfare.
    • n hostility A hostile act which follows a declaration of war.
    • n hostility Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity (see animosity); unfriendliness, opposition, violence, aggression.
    • n hostility War, fighting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hostility enmity:—pl. Hostil′ities, acts of warfare
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual 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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hostilitas,: cf. F. hostilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hostilishostis.


In literature:

But an event occurred that caused him to look upon Hereward with more hostile eyes.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Scarcely a week passed without its dangerous excursions against the Pawnees, Comanches and other hostile tribes of Indians.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
He stared at the hostile faces of the surgeon and Balch.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Thus if (just for illustration) a blimp spies a hostile submarine, the news is instantly transmitted to the Navy Department.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Any hostile army could lick Homeburg by aiming lorgnettes at it.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Hostilities were renewed on the eighth day of August, and prosecuted with uncommon ardour and animosity.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
But news came that hostile troops were landing on the coast, and the Kalevide mounted his war-horse.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Among individuals a conspicuous representative of this hostility was the poet Percival.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
In either case groups are placed between our main body and the actual or supposed position of the hostile troops.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
Drake dared not go on to unknown, hostile seas with a mutiny, or the chance of a mutiny brewing.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

Like Winkelried, he took
Into his manly breast
The sheaf of hostile spears, and broke
A path for the oppressed.
"Charles Sumner. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No cherishing you give,
I'm hostile in your eyes.
As pedler's wares for which none cares,
My virtues you despise.
"The Plaint Of A Rejected Wife" by Confucius
Near it she draws, but entrance there
A swelling sea denies;
For hostile to her callow care,
The cruel waters rise.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
"For YORK , a warrior known to fame,
Uplifts the hostile spear,
EDWIN the blooming hero's name,
To ALBERT'S bosom dear.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
He rush'd against the Austrian hand,
In desperate career,
And with his body, breast, and hand,
Bore down each hostile spear.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Once over the ocean in distant lands,
In an age long past, were two hostile bands—
Two armies of men, both brave, both strong,
And their hearts beat high as they marched along
To fight the battle of right and wrong.
"The Two Armies" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch.
Activist investor Carl Icahn, who holds an almost 10 percent stake in Netflix (NFLX), said on Thursday he has considered a hostile takeover bid for Netflix, but it was uncertain he stood a chance of acquiring the Internet streaming service.
The year of the hostile takeover .
Martin Marietta Bets on Efficiencies in Hostile Takeover Bid for Vulcan.
Martin Marietta proposes hostile takeover of Vulcan Materials.
Acxiom Vows to Fight Possible Hostile Takeover Bid.
USA Truck, which just two weeks ago reported a record quarterly loss, has announced a board shakeup and other efforts designed to stem the Van Buren company's financial bleeding and prevent a hostile takeover .
Israel-Gaza hostilities remind us of our stake in Middle East.
The Youth Justice Council rallied outside the LA County Men's Jail at 10 am on 10/10, the day set by the Pelican Bay Prison Short Corridor Collective for the beginning of the end of racial hostilities .
Religious strictures, hostilities linked to Arab Spring.
Agreement to end hostilities .
California prisoners make historic call to end hostilities between racial groups in California prisons and jails.
RNC festivities inside, hostilities outside.
As Iraq Hostilities End, Fate Of Combatant Unclear.
A break from customary hostilities .

In science:

The existence of these clusters was somewhat unexpected; one would think that the strong tidal shear produced by the central black hole, the high velocity dispersion, and the strong magnetic field would make this a hostile environment for forming young massive clusters.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Finally, the sensor nodes may be deployed in adversarial environments such as battle fields, hostile territories or hazardous domains t hat make their management, control and security very difficult.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
Two versions of the directed merging model, friend ly and hostile merging, give rise to two distinct network types.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
We present two such local rules which we term friend ly and hostile merging.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
By comparing Fig. 6 with Fig. 4, we find that model B catches the overal l features of the hostile merging networks.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks