Definition of antagonism
1a : opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle the antagonism of democracy to dictatorshipb : actively expressed opposition or hostility antagonism between factions personal antagonism
2 : 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
Examples of antagonism in a Sentence
The region has a long history of ethnic antagonisms.
the antagonism between them was so bad they couldn't even sit near each other
Recent Examples of antagonism from the Web
Party rules that would once have screened out a Trump have given way to partisan antagonisms that empower him.
Right-wing parties in Europe often exhibit antagonism to immigration, but position themselves as defenders of public spending domestically.
If only corrosive political antagonisms such as these were so neatly resolved.
While Kohli did not speak for the fans, there was little obvious antagonism between supporters of different teams, who happily took selfies with one another and sat together in a way unimaginable to rival supporters at a Premier League soccer match.
Crenca’s advice to Baltimore is to create a relationship between the city and its artists built on education and constructive compromise rather than antagonism.
Despite the tension, even the ferocity, of antagonisms of class, race, region, and religion that underlay the national life, despite the conflict between labor and capital that accompanied industrial development—
The result was the kind of up-and-down play that showcased the speed on both sides and included more than a dash of antagonism, particularly early.
The comments came as Europe watches Britain preparing to leave the European Union and faces antagonism from Washington.
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Synonym Discussion of antagonism
ANTAGONISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antagonism for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred : a desire to oppose something you dislike or disagree with
ANTAGONISM Defined for Kids
Definition of antagonism for Students
: a strong feeling of dislike or disagreement
Medical Definition of antagonism
: opposition in physiological action:a: opposing action 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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