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Adjective: hostile  hós-t(u)l or 'hós,tI(-u)l [N. Amer], 'hós,tI(-u)l [Brit]
  1. Impossible to bring into friendly accord
    "hostile factions"
  2. Very unfavourable to life or growth
    "a hostile climate";
    - uncongenial, unfriendly
  3. Unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company (used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)
    "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"; "hostile bid"
  4. Characterized by enmity or ill will
    "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
  5. Not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally
    "hostile naval and air forces"
Noun: hostile  hós-t(u)l or 'hós,tI(-u)l [N. Amer], 'hós,tI(-u)l [Brit]
  1. (military) troops belonging to the enemy's military forces
    "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"

Derived forms: hostiles

See also: aggressive, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, at loggerheads, at odds, at outs [N. Amer], belligerent, bitter, chippy [N. Amer, informal], clashing, dirty, hateful, head-on, ill, inhospitable, inimical, irreconcilable, offensive, opponent, opposing, unfriendly, unpeaceful, unreconcilable, violent

Type of: military personnel, soldiery, troops

Antonym: amicable, friendly

Encyclopedia: Hostile