You can refer to fighting between two countries or groups who are at war as hostilities. [FORMAL]

The authorities have urged people to stock up on fuel in case hostilities break out.

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  • hostilities — n. pl. 1. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration, during which the international rules of war apply. Syn: war, state of war, hot war. [WordNet 1.5] We have showed ourselves generous adversaries . . . and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hostilities — index conflict Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hostilities — n. war 1) to open hostilities 2) to suspend hostilities 3) hostilities break out 4) an outbreak of hostilities 5) hostilities between * * * [ war ] to open hostilities an outbreak of hostilities to suspend hostilities hostilities between… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Hostilities — 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. Hayward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hostilities — noun fighting; acts of overt warfare the outbreak of hostilities • Syn: ↑belligerency • Derivationally related forms: ↑belligerent (for: ↑belligerency), ↑hostile …   Useful english dictionary

  • hostilities — Synonyms and related words: all out war, appeal to arms, armed combat, armed conflict, attack, battle, belligerence, belligerency, bloodshed, combat, fighting, hot war, la guerre, might of arms, military operations, open hostilities, open war,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hostilities — hostile ► ADJECTIVE 1) antagonistic; opposed. 2) of or belonging to a military enemy. 3) (of a takeover bid) opposed by the company to be bought. DERIVATIVES hostilely adverb hostility noun (pl. hostilities) . ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • hostilities — noun acts of war …   Wiktionary

  • hostilities — n. acts of hostility, fighting, warfare hos·til·i·ty || hÉ‘ stɪlÉ™tɪ /hÉ’ s n. enmity, animosity, antagonism, hatred; hostile act; resistance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hostilities — acts of warfare: → hostility …   English new terms dictionary

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