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used in 1776

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hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
  • But at Hancock's Beacon Hill mansion all was in order, as General Sullivan also attested, and there was a certain irony in this, since the house had been occupied and maintained by the belligerent General James Grant, who had wanted to lay waste to every town on the New England coast.
    p. 106.5

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