hostile

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Borrowed from Middle French hostile, from Latin hostīlis, from hostis (enemy).

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hostile (comparative more hostile, superlative most hostile)

  1. not friendly, appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure
    Synonyms: inimical, unfriendly
    a hostile force
    hostile intentions
    a hostile country
    hostile to a sudden change
  2. Aggressive, antagonistic.
  3. Of a hostile takeover.
    Microsoft may go hostile in its bid for Yahoo as soon as Friday, according to a published report.

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hostile (plural hostiles)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) An enemy.

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French[edit]

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From Middle French hostile, hostif (this form with a change of suffix), borrowed from Latin hostilis.

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hostile (plural hostiles)

  1. hostile
  2. unfriendly

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Latin[edit]

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hostīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of hostīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of hostīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of hostīlis

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