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n. pl. hos·til·i·ties
1. The state of being hostile; antagonism or enmity. See Synonyms at enmity.
a. A hostile act.
b. hostilities Acts of war; overt warfare.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hostilities - fightinghostilities - fighting; acts of overt warfare; "the outbreak of hostilities"
armed combat, combat - an engagement fought between two military forces
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أعمال حَرْبِيَّه، أعمال عُدوانيَّه
nepřátelské akcesrážky
ellenségeskedésekháborús cselekmények
nepriateľské akcie


[hɒˈstɪlɪtiz] npl (= fighting) → hostilités fpl
a cessation of hostilities → la cessation des hostilités
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(ˈhostail) adjective
1. unfriendly; warlike. hostile tribesmen.
2. belonging to an enemy. a hostile army.
3. showing dislike or opposition to something. a hostile attitude.
hoˈstilities (-ˈsti-) noun plural
acts of war; battles. The two countries were engaged in hostilities.
hoˈstility (-ˈsti-) noun
unfriendliness; opposition.
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References in classic literature ?
Let us therefore proceed to examine whether the people are not right in their opinion that a cordial Union, under an efficient national government, affords them the best security that can be devised against HOSTILITIES from abroad.
Not a single Indian war has yet been occasioned by aggressions of the present federal government, feeble as it is; but there are several instances of Indian hostilities having been provoked by the improper conduct of individual States, who, either unable or unwilling to restrain or punish offenses, have given occasion to the slaughter of many innocent inhabitants.
There were many times when either side might have withdrawn without dishonor and thus ended hostilities, but from the mad abandon with which each invariably renewed hostilities I soon came to believe that what need not have been more than a trifling skirmish would end only with the complete extermination of one force or the other.
Inventors of figures and phantoms shall they be in their hostilities; and with those figures and phantoms shall they yet fight with each other the supreme fight!
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July 31, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu (SPLM-N al-Hilu), on Wednesday extended the unilateral cessation of hostilities for five months.
'There's no other option except to talk because we do not want to engage in armed hostilities, whether small armed hostilities or expanded armed hostilities that will be costly to both sides, especially on our side kasi wala naman tayong kakayahan.
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Astana, SANA -- Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadyarov said on Monday that the Astana talks on Syria will continue in the same form in order to stop the hostilities.
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