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noun hostility pronunciation in British English /hɒˈstɪləti/ 
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singularhostility
pluralhostilities
  1. 1
    [uncountable] opposition to something
    hostility to/towards:

    There is always some hostility to new technology.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of hostility
  2. 2
    [uncountable] unfriendly or threatening behaviour or feelings towards someone

    They were greeted with suspicion and hostility at first.

    hostility between:

    There is no hostility between the staff and pupils.

    hostility to/toward:

    I found it hard to handle people's hostility towards me.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of hostility
  3. 3

    hostilities

    [plural] formal fighting between enemies in a war
    cessation of hostilities (=an end to the fighting):

    The UN is demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities.

    the outbreak of hostilities (=the start of fighting):

    Anti-war demonstrations continued after the outbreak of hostilities.

    hostility between:

    the likelihood of renewed hostilities between the two countries

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