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1. the state of being unfriendly or antagonistic.
The neighbors had had a bitter argument at one time and still felt some hostility toward each other.
2. resistance or opposition.
The teachers’ initial hostility toward the new testing program was not surprising.
3. (plural) overt acts of war.
Hostilities continued between the two nations until a peace treaty was finally signed in 1923.
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Words often used in combination with the noun hostility (definition 1 or 2)
ADJECTIVE + hostility: blatant ~ , open ~ , outright ~ , overt ~ , indirect ~ , repressed ~ , latent ~ , deep ~ , intense ~ , growing ~ , increased ~ , increasing ~ , renewed ~ , unrelenting ~ , implacable ~ , ongoing ~ , longstanding ~ , lingering ~ , widespread ~ , mutual ~ , ethnic ~ , racial ~ , ideological ~ , irrational ~
VERB + hostility: arouse ~ , cause ~ , engender ~ , provoke ~ , renew ~ , encounter ~ , sense ~ , express ~ , display ~ , show ~ , react with ~
hostility + NOUN: ~ exist (e.g., Hostility still exists between the two families), ~ stem (e.g., Hostility stemming from a sense of being treated unfairly), ~ erupt (e.g., Hostility erupted between the two sides and negotiations were called off), ~ escalate, ~ flare, ~ intensify, ~ lessen, ~ cease
Words often used in combination with the plural noun hostilities (definition 3)
NOUN + of + hostilities: outbreak of ~ , onset of ~ , escalation of ~ , resumption of ~ , commencement of ~ , cessation of ~ , termination of ~