an·​tag·​o·​nis·​tic | \ (ˌ)an-ˌta-gə-ˈnis-tik How to pronounce antagonistic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce antagonistically (audio) \ 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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Recent incidents of black people going about their lives and being unfairly targeted by suspicious or downright antagonistic white people who’ve criminalized innocuous actions have been widely shared on social media. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Police say woman screamed racial slurs and smacked a black teen at a pool. She lost her job.," 2 July 2018 The world is antagonistic to marriages, and there are a million different things that limit your access to your spouse’s attention. Sean Illing, Vox, "A divorce lawyer’s guide to staying together," 3 Dec. 2018 That ended up meaning a lot of things that were antagonistic to North Korea. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 2018 President Trump is highly antagonistic towards Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Fox News, "Politics of The New York Times' Rod Rosenstein report," 21 Sep. 2018 Most of the media is antagonistic to the president. WSJ, "GOP Will Fight Poison Impeachment Chalice," 29 Aug. 2018 Rondo and Paul, two of the NBA’s most talented, cerebral and antagonistic point guards, have a contentious history that dates back more than a decade. Saturday night is when their simmering tension boiled over. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James’s First Game in Los Angeles Turns Into Fight Night," 21 Oct. 2018 Below, Heigl discusses Sam’s antagonistic relationship with Harvey (Gabriel Macht), the layered and powerful women of Suits, and the unexpectedly liberating experience of approaching 40 in Hollywood. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katherine Heigl Talks the Powerful Women of Suits and Aging in Hollywood," 3 Aug. 2018 As if the truth is always somehow antagonistic to everybody simultaneously. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 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 How to pronounce antagonistic (audio) \

Kids Definition of antagonistic

: showing dislike or opposition : hostile, unfriendly


an·​tag·​o·​nis·​tic | \ (ˌ)an-ˌtag-ə-ˈnis-tik How to pronounce antagonistic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce antagonistically (audio) \ adverb

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