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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hostilities - fightinghostilities - fighting; acts of overt warfare; "the outbreak of hostilities"
armed combat, combat - an engagement fought between two military forces
أعمال حَرْبِيَّه، أعمال عُدوانيَّه
nepřátelské akcesrážky
ellenségeskedésekháborús cselekmények
nepriateľské akcie


[hɒˈstɪlɪtiz] npl (= fighting) → hostilités fpl
a cessation of hostilities → la cessation des hostilités


(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.
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There were many times when either side might have withdrawn without dishonor and thus ended hostilities, but from the mad abandon with which each invariably renewed hostilities I soon came to believe that what need not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.
February 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Three armed groups in Darfur region have extended a unilateral cessation of hostilities for three months, and reiterated their adherence to the African Union-brokered roadmap agreement for peace and constitutional reforms in Sudan
Damascus, SANA -- General Command of the Army and Armed Forces extended the cessation of hostilities inthe provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida till the end of July 8 th , 2017.
It added that "negotiations to join the cessation of hostilities agreement are underway with armed opposition units in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Homs and Quneitra".
NEW YORK, Oct 17 (KUNA) -- Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Monday a plan for a renewed comprehensive Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen.
18 (BNA): The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has announced a plan for the resumption of a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in the war-torn Yemen.
Security Council is warning that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict "that none of the parties or the region can afford.
The senior negotiator of the movement, Yasser Arman, pointed out in a press conference he held Tuesday afternoon at Radisson Hotel in Addis Ababa that his movement is ready for reaching cessation of hostilities for one year as soon as possible.
DATU UNSAY -- Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed while two soldiers were injured when hostilities erupted here on Wednesday, the military and local authorities said.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- United States Ambassador Samantha Power today said violence in Syria "has increased in the past month and is nearing pre-cessation of hostilities levels.