Hostility is the state of ill will and bad feeling. If a teacher embarrasses you in front of the whole class, you will probably regard him or her with hostility for the remainder of the school year.

Hostility can be used to describe aggressive relations between two countries as well as between people. The issue of territorial borders can often cause hostility between neighboring countries. If actual fighting breaks out, use the word hostilities to refer to the violent actions between them. The ordinary citizens of the countries involved will look forward to the end of hostilities when the two governments are able to work together for peace.

Definitions of hostility

n a state of deep-seated ill-will

antagonism, enmity
Cold War
a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
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latent hostility, tension
feelings of hostility that are not manifest
state of war, war
a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
cold war
a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
the state of being suspected
proxy war
a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
suspicion affecting your reputation
Type of:
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

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meat grinder
any action resulting in injury or destruction
force, violence
an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
pillage, pillaging, plundering
the act of stealing valuable things from a place
domestic violence
violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women
the practice of plundering in gangs
rape, rapine
the act of despoiling a country in warfare
looting, robbery
plundering during riots or in wartime
despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoil, spoilation, spoliation
the act of stripping and taking by force
devastation, ravaging
plundering with excessive damage and destruction
depredation, predation
an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter
road rage
violence exhibited by drivers in traffic
public violence, riot
a public act of violence by an unruly mob
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something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n the feeling of a hostile person

“he could no longer contain his hostility
enmity, ill will
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animosity, animus, bad blood
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
class feeling
feelings of envy and resentment of one social or economic class for toward another
an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
aggression, aggressiveness
a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
belligerence, belligerency
hostile or warlike attitude or nature
bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
hostile or belligerent mood
intense resentment
huffishness, sulkiness
a feeling of sulky resentment
grievance, grudge, score
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
enviousness, envy
a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
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hate, hatred
the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action

n a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition

“he could not conceal his hostility
ill will
virulence, virulency
extreme hostility
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an unfriendly disposition

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