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Definition 1: violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for hostility in the sense of this definition

(hostility is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

(... is a kind of hostility ) any action resulting in injury or destruction

"the meat grinder of politics destroyed his reputation" "allied forces crumbled before the Wehrmacht meat grinder"

(... is a kind of hostility ) an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

"he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"

(... is a kind of hostility ) the act of stealing valuable things from a place

"the plundering of the Parthenon" "his plundering of the great authors"

Definition 2: a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • he could not conceal his hostility

Synonyms for hostility in the sense of this definition

(hostility is a kind of ...) an unfriendly disposition

(... is a kind of hostility ) extreme hostility

"the virulence of the malicious old man"

Definition 3: the feeling of a hostile person - [noun denoting feeling]

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

  • he could no longer contain his hostility

Synonyms for hostility in the sense of this definition

(hostility is a kind of ...) the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action

(... is a kind of hostility ) a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

(... is a kind of hostility ) feelings of envy and resentment of one social or economic class for toward another

(... is a kind of hostility ) an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

(... is a kind of hostility ) a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack

(... is a kind of hostility ) hostile or warlike attitude or nature

(... is a kind of hostility ) a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Definition 4: a state of deep-seated ill-will - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for hostility in the sense of this definition

(hostility is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of hostility ) feelings of hostility that are not manifest

"he could sense her latent hostility to him" "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

(... is a kind of hostility ) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply

"war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"

(... is a kind of hostility ) a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare

(... is a kind of hostility ) the state of being suspected

"he tried to shield me from suspicion"

(... is an instance of hostility) a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States

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