agonistic


ag·o·nis·tic

adjective \ˌa-gə-ˈnis-tik\

Definition of AGONISTIC

1
:  of or relating to the athletic contests of ancient Greece
3
:  striving for effect :  strained
4
:  of, relating to, or being aggressive or defensive social interaction (as fighting, fleeing, or submitting) between individuals usually of the same species
ag·o·nis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of AGONISTIC

  1. <clearly a writer with a chip on his shoulder, he's very agonistic even when stating indisputable facts>

First Known Use of AGONISTIC

1648

Other History Terms

carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

ag·o·nis·tic

adjective \ˌag-ə-ˈnis-tik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AGONISTIC

: of, relating to, or being aggressive or defensive social interaction (as fighting, fleeing, or submitting) between individuals usually of the same species <agonistic behavior>

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