One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he wrote a ferociously hostile attack’
antagonistic, aggressive, confrontational, belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, militant, truculent, combative, warlike
unfriendly, unkind, bitter, unsympathetic, malevolent, malicious, vicious, spiteful, rancorous, venomous, biting, wrathful, angry
literary malefic, maleficent
2‘he painted a grim picture of hardship in hostile climatic conditions’
unfavourable, adverse, bad, harsh, grim, hard, tough, inhospitable, forbidding, uncomfortable, unwelcoming
3‘people are very hostile to the idea’
opposed, averse, antagonistic, ill-disposed, unsympathetic, antipathetic, inimical
opposing, against, dead set against, at odds with
informal anti, down on
in favour of
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