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adjective hostile pronunciation in American English /ˈhɑst(ə)l/
  1. 1
    behaving in a very unfriendly or threatening way toward someone

    The mayor found himself in the middle of a hostile crowd.

    hostile to/toward:

    She was openly hostile to him.

    a hostile reception/reaction/response:

    The appearance of more police provoked a hostile reaction from the protesters.

  2. 2
    opposing something

    Public reaction to the war was generally hostile.

    hostile to/toward:

    The local community was hostile to plans for a new highway.

  3. 3
    belonging to an enemy in a war

    The northern half of the island was controlled by hostile forces.

    Their plane was now flying over hostile territory.

  4. 4
    a hostile place or situation is difficult or dangerous to be in

    species that live in the most hostile environments on the planet

    a hostile economic climate

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