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Definition 1: troops belonging to the enemy's military forces - [noun denoting group]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles

(hostile is a kind of ...) soldiers collectively

(hostile belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: characterized by enmity or ill will - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hostile nation
  • a hostile remark
  • hostile actions

(hostile is similar to ...) characterized by direct opposition

"a head-on confrontation"

(hostile is similar to ...) characterized by active hostility

"opponent (or opposing) armies"

(hostile is similar to ...) indicating hostility or enmity

"you certainly did me an ill turn" "ill feelings" "ill will"

(hostile is similar to ...) expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

"dirty looks"

(hostile is similar to ...) proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

"a bitter struggle" "bitter enemies"

(hostile is similar to ...) in a dispute or confrontation

"Sam and his parents were at loggerheads over the question of car privileges"

(hostile is similar to ...) characterized by antagonism or antipathy

"slaves antagonistic to their masters" "antipathetic factions within the party"

(hostile is similar to ...) characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

"aggressive acts against another country" "a belligerent tone"

(hostile is similar to ...) not friendly

"an unfriendly act of aggression" "an inimical critic"

(means also ...) for the purpose of attack rather than defense

"offensive weapons"

(means also ...) not peaceful

"unpeaceful times" "an unpeaceful marriage"

(means also ...) evoking or deserving hatred

"no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"

(means also ...) having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

"an aggressive businessman" "an aggressive basketball player" "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions" "aggressive drivers"

(means also ...) not disposed to friendship or friendliness

"an unfriendly coldness of manner" "an unfriendly action to take"

(means also ...) acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

"a violent attack" "a violent person" "violent feelings" "a violent rage" "felt a violent dislike"

Definition 3: not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hostile naval and air forces

Definition 4: unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company (used of attempts to buy or take control of a business) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hostile takeover
  • hostile tender offer
  • hostile bid

(hostile is similar to ...) having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

"an aggressive businessman" "an aggressive basketball player" "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions" "aggressive drivers"

(hostile belongs to category ...) the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

"computers are now widely used in business"

Definition 5: very unfavorable to life or growth - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hostile climate
  • an uncongenial atmosphere
  • an uncongenial soil
  • the unfriendly environment at high altitudes

Synonyms for hostile in the sense of this definition

(hostile is similar to ...) unfavorable to life or growth

"the barren inhospitable desert" "inhospitable mountain areas"

Definition 6: impossible to bring into friendly accord - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hostile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hostile factions

(hostile is similar to ...) impossible to reconcile

"irreconcilable differences"

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