1. State of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity.
"Hostility being thus suspended with France." -- Hayward.
2. An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy.
"We have showed ourselves generous adversaries . . . and have carried on even our hostilities with humanity." -- Atterbury.
"He who proceeds to wanton hostility, often provokes an enemy where he might have a friend." -- Crabb.
Syn. -- Animosity; enmity; opposition; violence; aggression; contention; warfare.