Inhospitable places aren't easy or comfortable to live in, and inhospitable people can be downright unfriendly — even hostile. A hotel is particularly inhospitable if it's got uncomfortable beds and grouchy desk clerks.

Northern Minnesota is inhospitable in January, and many parts of India are inhospitable in the summertime — they are harsh, difficult places for most people. You're inhospitable to a visitor in your home if you don't offer a drink or ask if they want to sit, or in other ways try to make them comfortable. To be hospitable is to be friendly or pleasant, and when you add the "not" prefix in-, you get inhospitable.

Definitions of inhospitable
  1. adjective
    not hospitable
    “they are extremely inhospitable these days”
    “her greeting was cold and inhospitable
    not disposed to friendship or friendliness
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    disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity
    characteristic of or befitting a friend
    very cordial
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  2. adjective
    unfavorable to life or growth
    “the barren inhospitable desert”
    inhospitable mountain areas”
    bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    godforsaken, waste, wild
    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
    hostile, uncongenial, unfriendly
    very unfavorable to life or growth
    washed or swept with water especially waves of the sea
    open to or swept by wind
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    favorable to life and growth
    genial, kind
    agreeable, conducive to comfort
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