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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Hostility  being  thus  suspended  with  France. 
  --Hayward. 
 
  2.  An  act  of  an  open  enemy;  a  hostile  deed;  especially  in  the 
  plural,  acts  of  warfare;  attacks  of  an  enemy. 
 
  We  have  showed  ourselves  generous  adversaries  .  .  . 
  and  have  carried  on  even  our  hostilities  with 
  humanity.  --Atterbury. 
 
  He  who  proceeds  to  wanton  hostility,  often  provokes 
  an  enemy  where  he  might  have  a  friend.  --Crabb. 
 
  Syn:  Animosity;  enmity;  opposition;  violence;  aggression; 
  contention;  warfare. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hostility 
  n  1:  a  hostile  (very  unfriendly)  disposition;  "he  could  not 
  conceal  his  hostility"  [syn:  {ill  will}] 
  2:  a  state  of  deep-seated  ill-will  [syn:  {enmity},  {antagonism}] 
  3:  the  feeling  of  a  hostile  person;  "he  could  no  longer  contain 
  his  hostility"  [syn:  {enmity},  {ill  will}] 
  4:  violent  action  that  is  hostile  and  usually  unprovoked  [syn: 
  {aggression}] 
  5:  acts  of  overt  warfare;  "the  outbreak  of  hostilities"  [syn:  {belligerency}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HOSTILITY,  n.  A  peculiarly  sharp  and  specially  applied  sense  of  the 
  earth's  overpopulation.  Hostility  is  classified  as  active  and 
  passive;  as  (respectively)  the  feeling  of  a  woman  for  her  female 
  friends,  and  that  which  she  entertains  for  all  the  rest  of  her  sex. 
 
 




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