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Definition of Hostile


  1. 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.
  2. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural.

Hostile Quotations

I'd always been fascinated by people who allow themselves to be so rude and irritated and foul-mouthed and hostile, but usually you can sense there's something vulnerable beneath them - a shield they use to protect that vulnerable side. Finally, when they expose that soft spot, it's kind of touching.
Paul Dano

Pakistan is alarmed by the rising Indian influence in Afghanistan, and fears that an Afghanistan cleansed of the Taliban would be an Indian client state, thus sandwiching Pakistan between two hostile countries. The paranoia of Pakistan about India's supposed dark machinations should never be underestimated.
Salman Rushdie

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
Bertrand Russell

This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
William Tecumseh Sherman

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
George Washington
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Hostile Translations

hostile in Afrikaans is vyandelik
hostile in Dutch is vijandelijk, vijandig
hostile in French is ennemi
hostile in German is feindselig, feindselig, feindlich
hostile in Italian is nemico
hostile in Latin is infensus, diversus, infestus
hostile in Norwegian is fiendtlig
hostile in Portuguese is hostil
hostile in Spanish is hostil
hostile in Swedish is fientlig
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