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UK [hɒˈstɪlətɪ] / US [hɑˈstɪlətɪ] noun
Word forms "hostility":
singular hostility plural hostilities
1) [uncountable] opposition to something
hostility to/towards:

There is always some hostility to new technology.

2) [uncountable] unfriendly or threatening behaviour or feelings towards someone

They were greeted with suspicion and hostility at first.

hostility between:

There is no hostility between the staff and pupils.

hostility to/toward:

I found it hard to handle people's hostility towards me.

3) hostilities
[plural] formal fighting between enemies in a war cessation of hostilities (= an end to the fighting):

The UN is demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities.

the outbreak of hostilities (= the start of fighting):

Anti-war demonstrations continued after the outbreak of hostilities.

hostility between:

the likelihood of renewed hostilities between the two countries


English dictionary. 2014.

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