Definition of hostile
16th Century: from Latin hostÄ«lis, from hostis (âenemyâ).
hostile (comparative more hostile, superlative most hostile)
- 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
a hostile country
hostile to a sudden change
hostile (plural hostiles)
- An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.
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