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

  Hostility \Hos*til"i*ty\, n.; pl. Hostilities. [L. hostilitas:
     cf. F. hostilit['e].]
     1. State of being hostile; public or private enemy;
        unfriendliness; animosity.
        [1913 Webster]
              Hostility being thus suspended with France.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the
        plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy. See
        [1913 Webster]
              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.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition; "he could not
           conceal his hostility" [syn: hostility, ill will]
      2: a state of deep-seated ill-will [syn: hostility, enmity,
      3: the feeling of a hostile person; "he could no longer contain
         his hostility" [syn: hostility, enmity, ill will]
      4: violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked [syn:
         aggression, hostility]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "hostility":
     Kilkenny cats, abhorrence, abomination, action, aggression,
     aggressiveness, allergy, altercation, animosity, animus,
     antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, argument,
     aversion, bad blood, bad feeling, bellicism, bellicosity,
     belligerence, belligerency, bickering, bloodshed, cat-and-dog life,
     chauvinism, clash, clashing, cold sweat, collision, combat,
     combativeness, competition, conflict, confrontation, confrontment,
     contention, contentiousness, contest, contestation, contradiction,
     contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety,
     contrariness, contrast, controversy, counterposition,
     creeping flesh, cross-purposes, cut and thrust, debate,
     despitefulness, disaccord, disaffinity, disagreement, discrepancy,
     disgust, disputation, dispute, dissension, enmity, ferocity,
     fierceness, fight, fighting, fractiousness, friction,
     hard feelings, hardheartedness, hate, hatred, horror, hostilities,
     ill will, immediate dislike, inconsistency, inimicalness, jingoism,
     litigation, loathing, logomachy, malevolence, malice, malignity,
     martialism, militancy, militarism, mortal horror, nausea,
     negativeness, noncooperation, obstinacy, opposing, oppositeness,
     opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, paper war,
     personality conflict, perverseness, perversity, polar opposition,
     polarity, polarization, polemic, posing against, pugnaciousness,
     pugnacity, quarrel, quarreling, quarrelsomeness, rancor,
     recalcitrance, refractoriness, repugnance, repulsion, rivalry,
     saber rattling, scrapping, showdown, shuddering, spite,
     spitefulness, squabbling, state of war, strife, struggle,
     truculence, uncooperativeness, unfriendliness, unpeacefulness,
     vying, war, war of words, warfare, warmongering, warpath, words,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  HOSTILITY. A state of open enmity; open war. Wolff, Dr. de la Rat. Sec. 
  1191. Hostility, as it regards individuals, may be permanent or temporary; 
  it is permanent when the individual is a citizen or subject of the 
  government at war, and temporary when he happens to be domiciliated or 
  resident in the country of one of the belligerents; in this latter case the 
  individual may throw off the national character he has thus acquired by 
  residence, when he puts himself in motion, bona fide, to quit the country 
  sine animo revertendi. 3 Rob. Adm. Rep. 12; 3 Wheat. R. 14. 
       2. There may be a hostile character merely as to commercial purposes, 
  and hostility may attach only to the person as a temporary enemy, or it may 
  attach only to the property of a particular description. This hostile 
  character in a commercial view, or one limited to certain intents and 
  purposes only, will attach in, consequence of having possessions in the 
  territory of the enemy, or by maintaining a commercial establishment there, 
  or by a personal residence, or, by particular modes of traffic, as by 
  sailing under the enemy's flag of passport. 9 Cranch, 191 5 Rob. Adm. Rep. 
  21, 161; 1 Kent Com. 73; Wesk. on Ins. h.t.; Chit. Law of Nat. Index, h.t. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  HOSTILITY, n.  A peculiarly sharp and specially applied sense of the
  earth's overpopulation.  Hostility is classified as active and
  passive; as (respectively) the feeling of a woman for her female
  friends, and that which she entertains for all the rest of her sex.

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