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hostility

noun uk   /hɒsˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /hɑːˈstɪl.ə.t̬i/

hostility noun (UNFRIENDLINESS)

C2 [U] an occasion when someone is unfriendly or shows that they do not agree with or like something: They showed open (= obvious) hostility to/towards their new neighbours.

hostility noun (FIGHTING)

hostilities [plural] formal fighting in a war: Hostilities began/broke out just after midnight. Hostilities were suspended (= fighting stopped temporarily) during the talks.
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