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

agonistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of agonistic in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

Agonistic has its roots in ancient Greece-specifically in the agonistic (to use the oldest sense of the word) athletic contests called agons featured at public festivals. From physical conflict to verbal jousting, "agonistic" came to be used as a synonym for "argumentative" and later to mean "striving for effect" or "strained." Common current use, however, is biological, relating to confrontational interaction among animals of the same species and the responsive behaviors-such as aggression, flight, or submission-they exhibit. "Agonistic" is also sometimes used to describe an agonist muscle, a muscle that on contracting is automatically checked and controlled by an opposing muscle, that other muscle being an "antagonist." For example, during a bicep curl in weight lifting, the (contracted) bicep is the agonistic muscle and the (relaxed) triceps muscle is the antagonist.

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First Known Use of agonistic

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Medical Dictionary

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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