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hostile

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Definition of hostile

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Etymology

    16th Century: from Latin hostīlis, from hostis (“enemy”).

Adjective

hostile (comparative more hostile, superlative most hostile)

  1. 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

    a hostile force
    hostile intentions
    a hostile country
    hostile to a sudden change

Noun

hostile (plural hostiles)

  1. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.

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