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agonistic

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adjective ag·o·nis·tic \ˌa-gə-ˈnis-tik\

Definition of agonistic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the athletic contests of ancient Greece

  2. 2 :  argumentative

  3. 3 :  striving for effect :  strained

  4. 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·lyplay \-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>



1648

First Known Use of agonistic

1648

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agonistic

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adjective ag·o·nis·tic \ˌag-ə-ˈnis-tik\

Medical Definition of agonistic

  1. :  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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