Definition of Hostilities

1. Noun. Fighting; acts of overt warfare. "The outbreak of hostilities"

Exact synonyms: Belligerency
Generic synonyms: Armed Combat, Combat
Derivative terms: Belligerent, Hostile



Definition of Hostilities

1. Noun. (plural of hostility) ¹

2. Noun. acts of war ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hostilities

1. hostility [n] - See also: hostility

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hostilities

hostessed
hostesses
hostessing
hostessship
hostie
hosties
hostile
hostile expedition
hostile fire
hostile takeover
hostile takeovers
hostile witness
hostile witnesses
hostilely
hostiles
hostilities (current term)
hostility
hostilize
hostilized
hostilizing
hosting
hostings
hostis humani generis
hostler
hostlers
hostless
hostly
hostmask
hostmasks
hostmaster

Literary usage of Hostilities

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1. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1921)
"The duty of impartiality incumbent upon aH neutral must obviously prevent him from committing ^ y hostilities against either belligerent. ..."

2. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1904)
"Part IV. peculiarly applicable to conventions for the suspension of hostilities. The first of these peculiar rules, as laid down by Vattel, ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"The hostilities of the barbarians provoked the resentment of that philosophic monarch, and, in the prosecution of a just defence, Marcus and his generals ..."

4. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1908)
"... ARTICLE I. The contracting powers agree that hostilities between them should not begin without a previous unequivocal notice, which shall be either in ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1892)
"... and \\ Ml was again in Edinburgh in March, when James promised to abstain from hostilities for the present, but would write no letter which would ' lose ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"In November, 1775, Grafton, who had hoped against hope that hostilities might be averted, resigned, and was succeeded as Lord Privy Seal by Dartmouth, ..."

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