antagonistic

adjective
an·​tag·​o·​nis·​tic | \ (ˌ)an-ˌta-gə-ˈni-stik 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 \ (ˌ)an-​ˌta-​gə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce antagonistic (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
Recent Examples on the Web But if the polar bear thrived into the mid-1900s as a sign of human might and of the successful mastery of antagonistic forces, this symbolic association evaporated in the latter 20th century. Anne Collins Goodyear, The Conversation, "Polar bears have captivated artists’ imaginations for centuries, but what they’ve symbolized has changed over time," 26 Feb. 2021 The thread’s focus narrowed on the Reply All team, and specifically on the conduct of Pinnamaneni and Vogt, who were described as engaging in antagonistic behaviors that strongly contributed to a toxic environment at the company. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Key Podcast Takeaways from Spotify’s Big Event," 23 Feb. 2021 Could relations with our foreign or domestic debt holders become antagonistic? Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Taylor: How much national debt is too much?," 10 Feb. 2021 Caught in the middle are multinational banks, which are bound to the U.S.-dominated financial system but can’t afford to anger an increasingly antagonistic Beijing because of the size of the Chinese market. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "China freezes pastor’s bank account in Hong Kong clampdown," 16 Dec. 2020 Is our debt held by friendly, neutral or antagonistic parties? Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Taylor: How much national debt is too much?," 10 Feb. 2021 For as much as the local press was antagonistic toward wrestling, one match caught their attention. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A legendary 1989 WWF match in Anchorage is one of the last holy grails in pro wrestling," 28 Dec. 2020 The proposal warns students against handling or displaying such items, as well as engaging in any antagonistic or bullying behavior. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish School Board members clash with AG lawyer over virtual learning discipline policy," 4 Nov. 2020 The president was, if anything, a more petulant and antagonistic version of his usual self. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Trump and the Limits of Content Moderation," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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“Antagonistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antagonistic. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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antagonistic

adjective
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

antagonistic

adjective
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 antagonistic (audio) \ adverb

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