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; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change.

Synonyms: Warlike, inimical, unfriendly, antagonistic, opposed, adverse, opposite, contrary, repugnant.

Origin: L. Hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F. Hostile. See Host an army.

(01 Mar 1998)

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