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hostile  

1       adj   If you are hostileto another person or an idea, you disagree with them or disapprove of them, often showing this in your behaviour.  
oft ADJ to/towards n  
Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention..., The West has gradually relaxed its hostile attitude to this influential state...     
2       adj   Someone who is hostile is unfriendly and aggressive.   (=aggressive)  
Drinking may make a person feel relaxed and happy, or it may make her hostile, violent, or depressed...     
3       adj   Hostile situations and conditions make it difficult for you to achieve something.  
If this round of talks fails, the world's trading environment is likely to become increasingly hostile.     
4       adj   A hostile takeover bid is one that is opposed by the company that is being bid for.     (BUSINESS)  
Kingfisher launched a hostile bid for Dixons.     
5       adj   In a war, you use hostile to describe your enemy's forces, organizations, weapons, land, and activities.  
ADJ n   (=enemy)  
The city is encircled by a hostile army...     
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hostile  

1    antagonistic, anti     (informal)   bellicose, belligerent, contrary, ill-disposed, inimical, malevolent, opposed, opposite, rancorous, unkind, warlike  
2    adverse, alien, inhospitable, unfriendly, unpropitious, unsympathetic, unwelcoming  
  
Antonyms     
   affable, agreeable, amiable, approving, congenial, cordial, friendly, kind, peaceful, sympathetic, warm  

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