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Definition of HOSTILE

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Hostile \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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hostile \Hos"tile\, n.
     An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural. [Colloq.] --P. H. Sheridan. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Aggressive \Ag*gres"sive\, a. [Cf. F. agressif.]
     1. Tending or disposed to aggress; having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of one's own ends at the expense of others or mindless of others' needs or desires; characterized by aggression; making assaults; unjustly attacking; as, an aggressive policy, war, person, nation; an aggressive businessman; an aggressive basketball player; he was aggressive and imperious in his convictions; aggressive drivers. Opposite of {unaggressive}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

              No aggressive movement was made.      --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     2. Marked by self-confident ambition, vigorous competitiveness, energy and initiative; as, an aggressive young executive.

     Syn: enterprising, pushful, pushing, pushy
          [WordNet 1.5]

     3. (Med., Biol.) Tending to grow or spread quickly; as, an aggressive tumor. [Narrower terms: {invasive (vs. noninvasive) ] --AS

     Syn: fast-growing(prenominal)
          [WordNet 1.5]

     4. Tending to initiate unprovoked attacks; initiating unprovoked military action; eager to fight; as, aggressive acts against another country.

     Syn: belligerent.
          [WordNet 1.5]

     Note: Narrower related terms: {bellicose, combative, pugnacious, scrappy, truculent ; {hard-hitting, high-pressure ; {hostile} (used of attempts to buy or take control of a business: "hostile takeover";
           "hostile tender offer"); {predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous . See also: assertive, hostile, offensive. [WordNet 1.5] -- {Ag*gres"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Ag*gres"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

194 Moby Thesaurus words for "hostile": acrid, adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, against, aggressive, alien, allergic, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, antonymous, argumentative, at cross-purposes, at loggerheads, at odds, at variance, at war, averse, balancing, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bitter, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, breakaway, caustic, chauvinist, chauvinistic, clashing, cold, colliding, combative, compensating, competitive, con, conflicting, confronting, contentious, contradicting, contradictory, contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarious, contrary, contrasted, converse, counter, counteractant, counteracting, counteractive, counterbalancing, counterpoised, countervailing, counterworking, cranky, cross, crotchety, dead against, despiteful, detrimental, differing, difficult, dim, disaccordant, disaffected, disagreeable, disagreeing, disapproving, discordant, discrepant, disenchanted, disharmonious, disinclined, displeased, disproportionate, dissentient, dissident, dissonant, divergent, dour, enemy, eyeball to eyeball, ferocious, fierce, fighting, fractious, full of fight, full of hate, grating, hard, harmful, hateful, hawkish, ill, immiscible, in opposition, inaccordant, incompatible, inconsistent, inharmonious, inhospitable, inimical, inverse, jangling, jarring, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, loath, malevolent, malicious, malignant, martial, militant, militaristic, military, miserable, negative, nonconformist, noncooperative, not charmed, not easy, obstinate, obverse, offensive, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, out of accord, out of whack, overthwart, perverse, pugnacious, put off, quarrelsome, rancorous, reactionary, recalcitrant, refractory, renitent, repugnant, resistant, reverse, revolutionary, rigorous, rival, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage, scrappy, set against, sinister, soldierlike, soldierly, sore, sour, spiteful, squared off, stressful, trigger-happy, troublesome, troublous, truculent, trying, uncongenial, uncooperative, unfavorable, unfriendly, unharmonious, unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, unpropitious, unsympathetic, untoward, variant, venomous, virulent, vitriolic, warlike, warmongering, warring, wretched


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