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adjective hostile pronunciation in American English /ˈhɑst(ə)l/
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  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.
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  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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