Word of the Day: Inhospitable

Inhospitable [Adjective]


“(1) not hospitable,

 (2) barren; wild; cheerless; affording no shelter or subsistence”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Inhospitable, from the Latin hospes meaning “guest,” “stranger,” or “visitor,” is an adjective used to describe a demeanor or environment which is harsh or unwelcoming.

In a sentence:

“Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.”

~George Whitman


barren, bleak, cold, cheerless, desolate, forbidding, frosty, hard, harsh, hostile, inimical, savage, standoffish, stark, unfriendly, uninhabitable, unwelcoming

From Our Library:

  • In the short story, The Dove and the Crow, Zero is trapped on an endless, inhospitable plateau.
  • Charlotte “Charlie Horse” Ripley, the main character from The King of Gore, finds herself in a strange and dangerous environment, full of inhospitable creatures.

From Around the Web:

Things to Do:

  • Use the word inhospitable in a conversation with someone today.
  • Use the word inhospitable correctly in a sentence.
  • Create, describe, portray, or otherwise demonstrate what it means for someone or something to be inhospitable. Any medium or style is welcome! However, for our prose writers, setting a goal between 500 and 1500 words would probably be about right.
  • Some inhospitable environments make exciting adventure destinations for explorers. Does that sound like your kind of vacation? Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


(Image Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

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