hostile

[ hos-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl ]SEE DEFINITION OF hostile
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They were all facing him, and their faces were alive with interest; yet they made no hostile move.

They must proceed, in fact, as if they were founding a great city on a hostile soil.

It was curious how much help he expected of Vicksburg, a hostile town.

The boy who crossed the bridge found himself in hostile country.

At first suspicious and hostile, White Fang grew to like this petting.

But the god made no hostile movement, and went on calmly talking.

He heard Grey Beaver chuckle above him, and he knew the sound was not hostile.

I pulled the chariot out, and drove off the hostile mercenaries.

He told his story, did Blake, before a battery of hostile eyes.

We thought it meant 'We are going (p. 201) to rub against you and are hostile.'

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Middle French hostile "of or belonging to an enemy" or directly from Latin hostilis "of an enemy," from hostis "enemy" (see guest). The noun meaning "hostile person" is recorded from 1838, American English, a word from the Indian wars.

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