antagonism


an·tag·o·nism

noun \an-ˈta-gə-ˌni-zəm\

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : a desire to oppose something you dislike or disagree with

Full Definition of ANTAGONISM

1
:  opposition in physiological action; especially :  interaction of two or more substances such that the action of any one of them on living cells or tissues is lessened
2
a :  opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle <the antagonism of democracy to dictatorship>
b :  actively expressed opposition or hostility <antagonism between factions>

Examples of ANTAGONISM

  1. The region has a long history of ethnic antagonisms.
  2. <the antagonism between them was so bad they couldn't even sit near each other>

First Known Use of ANTAGONISM

1752

Rhymes with ANTAGONISM

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an·tag·o·nism

noun \an-ˈtag-ə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANTAGONISM

: opposition in physiological action: a : contrariety in the effect of contraction of muscles (as the extensors and flexors of a part) b : interaction of two or more substances such that the action of any one of them on living cells or tissues is lessened (as by interference with the uptake or by an opposing physiological reaction)—compare synergism

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