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HOSTIL'ITY, noun [Latin hostilitas, from hostis, an enemy.]

1. The state of war between nations or states; the actions of an open enemy; aggression; attacks of an enemy. These secret enmities broke out in hostilities.

Hostility being thus suspended with France.

We have carried on even our hostilities with humanity.

2. Private enmity; a sense less proper.