1 opposition/aggressive feelings or actions
bitter (esp. BrE), considerable, deep, extreme, great, implacable
downright, open, outright, overt

Mixed-race couples faced open hostility.


There was a barely veiled hostility in her tone.

general, widespread
popular (esp. BrE), public

the widespread popular hostility to the war

continuing, growing
feel, sense

the deep hostility felt by many teenagers against the police

express, show
arouse, attract (esp. BrE), provoke

Such a move might arouse public hostility.

be greeted with, be met with, encounter, face, meet with

The proposal was met with outright hostility.

hostility between

You could almost feel the hostility between her and her mother.

hostility against, hostility to, hostility towards/toward

the bitter hostility towards/toward the occupying forces

2 hostilities fighting in a war
active (esp. AmE)
cease, end

Both sides finally agreed to suspend hostilities.

resume (esp. BrE)

Hostilities were resumed later that year.

begin, break out, commence
cease, end

On the November 11, 1918, hostilities ceased.

continue, resume (esp. BrE)
hostility against

the official cessation of hostilities against Japan

hostility between

Hostilities broke out between the two provinces later that year.

the cessation of hostilities
an outbreak of hostilities

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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