hostility

  • 1 Hostility — (also called inimicality) is a form of angry internal rejection or denial in psychology. It is a part of personal construct psychology, developed by George Kelly. In everyday speech it is more commonly used as a synonym for anger and… …

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  • 2 Hostility — Hos*til i*ty, n.; pl. {Hostilities}. [L. hostilitas: cf. F. hostilit[ e].] 1. State of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity. [1913 Webster] Hostility being thus suspended with France. Hayward. [1913 Webster] 2. An act …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 hostility — index alienation (estrangement), argument (contention), belligerency, collision (dispute), conflict …

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  • 4 hostility — early 15c., from M.Fr. hostilité enmity (15c.), or directly from L.L. hostilitatem (nom. hostilitas) enmity, from L. hostilis, from hostis enemy (see GUEST (Cf. guest)). Hostilities in the sense of “warfare” attested from 1610s …

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  • 5 hostility — *enmity, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, rancor, animus Analogous words: hatred, *hate: ill will, malevolence, malignity, malignancy, *malice: aggression, *attack: opposing or opposition, combating, resisting or resistance (see corresponding… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 hostility — [n] antagonism, meanness abhorrence, aggression, animosity, animus, antipathy, aversion, bad blood*, bellicosity, belligerence, bitterness, detestation, disaffection, enmity, estrangement, grudge, hatred, ill will, inimicality, malevolence,… …

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  • 7 hostility — [häs til′ə tē] n. pl. hostilities [Fr hostilité < LL hostilitas < L hostilis, HOSTILE] 1. a feeling of enmity, ill will, unfriendliness, etc.; antagonism 2. a) an expression of enmity and ill will; hostile act b) [pl.] open acts of war;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 hostility — noun 1 opposition/aggressive feelings or actions ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter (esp. BrE), considerable, deep, extreme, great, implacable ▪ downright, open …

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  • 9 hostility — hos|til|i|ty [hɔˈstılıti US ha: ] n 1.) [U] when someone is unfriendly and full of anger towards another person hostility towards/between ▪ hostility towards foreigners hostility toward AmE ▪ hostility toward Jews open/outright hostility… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 hostility — n. 1) to arouse, stir up hostility 2) to display, show hostility 3) to express; feel hostility 4) bitter, deep, profound; open hostility 5) hostility against, to, towards 6) hostility between * * * [hɒ stɪlɪtɪ] deep feel hostility open hostility …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 hostility */*/ — UK [hɒˈstɪlətɪ] / US [hɑˈstɪlətɪ] noun Word forms hostility : singular hostility plural hostilities 1) [uncountable] opposition to something hostility to/towards: There is always some hostility to new technology. 2) [uncountable] unfriendly or… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 hostility — hos|til|i|ty [ ha stıləti ] noun uncount ** 1. ) unfriendly or threatening behavior or feelings toward someone: They were greeted with suspicion and hostility at first. hostility between: There is no hostility between the staff and pupils.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 hostility — [[t]hɒstɪ̱lɪti[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N to/towards n Hostility is unfriendly or aggressive behaviour towards people or ideas. The last decade has witnessed a serious rise in the levels of racism and hostility to Black and ethnic groups...… …

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  • 14 hostility — noun 1 (U) a feeling or attitude that is extremely unfriendly (+ towards/between): hostility towards foreigners | open hostility (=hostility that is clearly shown) 2 (U) strong or angry opposition to a plan or idea: The reform program was greeted …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 hostility — noun 1) he glared at her with hostility Syn: antagonism, unfriendliness, enmity, malevolence, malice, unkindness, rancor, venom, hatred, loathing; resentment, animosity, antipathy, acrimony, ill will, ill feeling; aggression …

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  • 16 hostility — noun 1) he glared at her with hostility Syn: antagonism, unfriendliness, malevolence, venom, hatred, aggression, belligerence 2) their hostility to the present regime Syn: opposition, antagonism, animosity …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 17 hostility — [hɒˈstɪləti] noun 1) [U] unfriendly or threatening behaviour She said she had experienced hostility from her male colleagues.[/ex] 2) [U] opposition to something There is always some hostility to new technology.[/ex] 3) hostilities [plural]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 hostility — hostile ► ADJECTIVE 1) antagonistic; opposed. 2) of or belonging to a military enemy. 3) (of a takeover bid) opposed by the company to be bought. DERIVATIVES hostilely adverb hostility noun (pl. hostilities) . ORIGIN …

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  • 19 hostility — noun (plural ties) Date: 15th century 1. a. deep seated usually mutual ill will b. (1) hostile action (2) plural overt acts of warfare ; war 2. conflict, opposition, or resistance in thought or principle Synonyms …

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  • 20 hostility — /ho stil i tee/, n., pl. hostilities. 1. a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness. 2. a hostile act. 3. opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc. 4. hostilities, a. acts of warfare. b. war. [1375… …

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