Hos"tile (?), a. [L. hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F. hostile. See Host an army.]

Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change.

Syn. -- Warlike; inimical; unfriendly; antagonistic; opposed; adverse; opposite; contrary; repugnant.

 

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Hos"tile, n.

An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.

[Colloq.]

P. H. Sheridan.

 

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