an·tag·o·nis·tic | \(ˌ)an-ˌta-gə-ˈnis-tik \

Definition of antagonistic 

: showing dislike or opposition : marked by or resulting from antagonism an antagonistic relationship factions antagonistic to one another

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Other Words from antagonistic

antagonistically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of antagonistic in a Sentence

They found it impossible to deal with such antagonistic groups. countries that have been antagonistic towards each other for centuries

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That has been most plain in his antagonistic approach to Germany, the main host of U.S. forces in Europe. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018 That has been most plain in his antagonistic approach to Germany, the main host of U.S. forces in Europe. Robert Burns, Fox News, "Trump's attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, the White House Correspondents' Dinner was this past weekend, and while Trump himself skipped it again, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, one of the most press-antagonistic political figures in the U.S. today, did attend. Luke Darby, GQ, "While Journalists Were Mad at Michelle Wolf, the Justice Department Was Found Quietly Deleting References to Press Freedom," 30 Apr. 2018 Web Divorce Prep is an online divorce documentation and record-keeping software platform that saves time by making spousal communication less antagonistic and simplifying the legal process. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Newsweek, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do in Arkansas; Why Divorce Laws Are Getting Stricter," 17 May 2015 This week’s tweets are the latest example of Musk’s increasingly antagonistic relationship with the press. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Silly War With the Media," 24 May 2018 American politics will remain fiercely antagonistic, polarising the country on foreign and domestic policy, so long as it is defined in such visceral terms. The Economist, "The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki," 5 July 2018 Locally, O'Connor was widely respected for his managerial abilities but also known for his antagonistic behavior toward FC Cincinnati coaches. Patrick Brennan,, "See you in MLS: Louisville City FC coach James O'Connor bound for Orlando City SC," 29 June 2018 Such videos feed our culture's demand for art shaped by politics in today's antagonistic environment, where the stakes feel particularly high for both sides of every culture war. Sonia Rao,, "A new era of political music videos is born," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of antagonistic

circa 1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antagonistic

see antagonize

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an·tag·o·nis·tic | \an-ˌta-gə-ˈni-stik \

Kids Definition of antagonistic

: showing dislike or opposition : hostile, unfriendly


an·tag·o·nis·tic | \(ˌ)an-ˌtag-ə-ˈnis-tik \

Medical Definition of antagonistic 

1 : characterized by or resulting from antagonism antagonistic antibiotics

2 : relating to or being muscles that are antagonists skeletal muscles arranged in antagonistic pairs

Other Words from antagonistic

antagonistically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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