act of hostility

See: assault
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And, what is more, gloried in doing it--not, observe, as an act of hostility to my relatives, but simply as a duty that lay on her conscience.
"He will say, in that case, to the king that I am determined on war, and that this measure is my first act of hostility against France."
In a sense, of course, that is equivalent to an act of hostility from all these countries towards England.
In this dilemma the three consulted on the means of escaping the frightful consequences which might immediately follow a single act of hostility on the part of the borderers; the old man taking care that their communication should, in the eyes of those who noted the expression of their countenances with jealous watchfulness, bear the appearance of explanations as to the reason why such a party of travellers was met so far in the deserts.
Without one overt act of hostility, one upbraiding word, he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favour.
He construed the latter into an act of hostility, and, placing his hands in the pockets again, he walked up to Mr.
Meanwhile, a senior Palestinian official described Israel's decision to bar two US congresswomen from visiting the Palestinian territories as "an outrageous act of hostility."
RAMALLAH, Thursday, August 15, 2019 (WAFA) - The Israeli decision to ban US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Palestine is an outrageous act of hostility against the American people and their representatives, today said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
This is a new act of hostility and provocation against the international community which overtly violates international obligations arising from United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2345 (2017), 2356 (2017), 2371 (2017), 2375 (2017) and 2397 (2017), which address the North Korean missile and nuclear programmes.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea criticised the US move to extend sanctions as an act of hostility and an outright challenge to the historic summit between the two countries' leaders that was held in Singapore last year, Pyongyang's state media announced on Wednesday.
He further added, 'I join the people of Pakistan in condemning this act of hostility of India and ask them to be ashamed of plunging their country and the region in confrontation rather than working to improve the economic condition of their people living in abject poverty'.
"Theresa May's attempt to row back on it is an act of gross bad faith and an act of hostility against Irish interests.