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English adjective: hostile

1. hostile characterized by enmity or ill will

SamplesA hostile nation.
A hostile remark.
Hostile actions.

Similaraggressive, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, at loggerheads, belligerent, bitter, dirty, head-on, ill, inimical, opponent, opposing, unfriendly

See alsoaggressive, hateful, offensive, unfriendly, unpeaceful, violent


2. hostile not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

SamplesHostile naval and air forces.


3. hostile impossible to bring into friendly accord

SamplesHostile factions.

Similarirreconcilable, unreconcilable


4. hostile very unfavorable to life or growth

SamplesA hostile climate.
An uncongenial atmosphere.
An uncongenial soil.
The unfriendly environment at high altitudes.

Synonymsuncongenial, unfriendly



5. hostile unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

SamplesHostile takeover.
Hostile tender offer.
Hostile bid.


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

Antonymsnonaggressive, unaggressive

English noun: hostile

1. hostile (group) troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

SamplesThe platoon ran into a pack of hostiles.

Broader (hypernym)military personnel, soldiery, troops

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


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