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 for hostile
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hostile \Hos"tile\, a. [L. hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F.
     hostile. See Host an army.]
     Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition
     of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to
     thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical;
     unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a
     hostile country; hostile to a sudden change.
  
     Syn: Warlike; inimical; unfriendly; antagonistic; opposed;
          adverse; opposite; contrary; repugnant.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hostile \Hos"tile\, n.
     An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the
     whites; -- commonly in the plural. [Colloq.] --P. H.
     Sheridan.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aggressive \Ag*gres"sive\, a. [Cf. F. agressif.]
     1. Tending or disposed to aggress; having or showing
        determination and energetic pursuit of one's own ends at
        the expense of others or mindless of others' needs or
        desires; characterized by aggression; making assaults;
        unjustly attacking; as, an aggressive policy, war, person,
        nation; an aggressive businessman; an aggressive
        basketball player; he was aggressive and imperious in his
        convictions; aggressive drivers. Opposite of
        unaggressive.
        [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
  
              No aggressive movement was made.      --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Marked by self-confident ambition, vigorous
        competitiveness, energy and initiative; as, an aggressive
        young executive.
  
     Syn: enterprising, pushful, pushing, pushy
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     3. (Med., Biol.) Tending to grow or spread quickly; as, an
        aggressive tumor. [Narrower terms: invasive (vs.
        noninvasive) ] --AS
  
     Syn: fast-growing(prenominal)
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     4. Tending to initiate unprovoked attacks; initiating
        unprovoked military action; eager to fight; as, aggressive
        acts against another country.
  
     Syn: belligerent.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     Note: Narrower related terms: bellicose, combative,
           pugnacious, scrappy, truculent ; hard-hitting,
           high-pressure ; hostile (used of attempts to buy or
           take control of a business: "hostile takeover";
           "hostile tender offer"); predatory, rapacious,
           raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous . See also:
           assertive, hostile, offensive.
           [WordNet 1.5] -- Ag*gres"sive*ly, adv. --
           Ag*gres"sive*ness, n.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hostile
      adj 1: characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation";
             "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions" [ant: amicable]
      2: not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an
         ally; "hostile naval and air forces" [ant: friendly]
      3: impossible to bring into friendly accord; "hostile factions"
      4: very unfavorable to life or growth; "a hostile climate"; "an
         uncongenial atmosphere"; "an uncongenial soil"; "the
         unfriendly environment at high altitudes" [syn: hostile,
         uncongenial, unfriendly]
      5: unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target
         company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a
         business); "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer";
         "hostile bid"
      n 1: troops belonging to the enemy's military forces; "the
           platoon ran into a pack of hostiles" [ant: friendly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  194 Moby Thesaurus words for "hostile":
     acrid, adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, against,
     aggressive, alien, allergic, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic,
     antithetic, antonymous, argumentative, at cross-purposes,
     at loggerheads, at odds, at variance, at war, averse, balancing,
     battling, bellicose, belligerent, bitter, bloodthirsty, bloody,
     bloody-minded, breakaway, caustic, chauvinist, chauvinistic,
     clashing, cold, colliding, combative, compensating, competitive,
     con, conflicting, confronting, contentious, contradicting,
     contradictory, contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarious,
     contrary, contrasted, converse, counter, counteractant,
     counteracting, counteractive, counterbalancing, counterpoised,
     countervailing, counterworking, cranky, cross, crotchety,
     dead against, despiteful, detrimental, differing, difficult, dim,
     disaccordant, disaffected, disagreeable, disagreeing, disapproving,
     discordant, discrepant, disenchanted, disharmonious, disinclined,
     displeased, disproportionate, dissentient, dissident, dissonant,
     divergent, dour, enemy, eyeball to eyeball, ferocious, fierce,
     fighting, fractious, full of fight, full of hate, grating, hard,
     harmful, hateful, hawkish, ill, immiscible, in opposition,
     inaccordant, incompatible, inconsistent, inharmonious,
     inhospitable, inimical, inverse, jangling, jarring, jingo,
     jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, loath, malevolent, malicious,
     malignant, martial, militant, militaristic, military, miserable,
     negative, nonconformist, noncooperative, not charmed, not easy,
     obstinate, obverse, offensive, opponent, opposed, opposing,
     opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, out of accord,
     out of whack, overthwart, perverse, pugnacious, put off,
     quarrelsome, rancorous, reactionary, recalcitrant, refractory,
     renitent, repugnant, resistant, reverse, revolutionary, rigorous,
     rival, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage, scrappy,
     set against, sinister, soldierlike, soldierly, sore, sour,
     spiteful, squared off, stressful, trigger-happy, troublesome,
     troublous, truculent, trying, uncongenial, uncooperative,
     unfavorable, unfriendly, unharmonious, unpacific, unpeaceable,
     unpeaceful, unpropitious, unsympathetic, untoward, variant,
     venomous, virulent, vitriolic, warlike, warmongering, warring,
     wretched
  
  

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