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Grim, dour, silent, it waited for the beginning of hostilities.

Nat was waiting in the doorway for a renewal of hostilities, if any such there were to be.

But if hostilities are happily averted, with what propriety can it be said that Nihil fit?

Between him and all domestic animals there must be no hostilities.

There was thus a temporary respite of hostilities in this section of the country.

I thought for a minute that hostilities was going to begin, but they didn't.

The latter, however, continued their hostilities in spite of that.

They intend to have recourse to the same device as soon as hostilities have ceased.

Meanwhile, hostilities were continued, but in a less rigorous fashion.

The pretext for the commencement of hostilities was a false one.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French hostilité "enmity" (15c.), or directly from Late Latin hostilitatem (nominative hostilitas) "enmity," from Latin hostilis, from hostis "enemy" (see guest). Hostilities in the sense of "warfare" attested from 1610s.

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