antagonistic

adjective
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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As if the truth is always somehow antagonistic to everybody simultaneously. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 Black women deserve apologies for every time our self-advocacy was viewed as threatening and antagonistic. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve," 10 Sep. 2018 Maduro handed over Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, to Corker in what his government said was a goodwill gesture to promote dialogue and mutual respect between the two antagonistic governments. Joshua Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "Back channel with Boston roots helped free Utah man in Venezuela," 27 May 2018 Maduro handed over Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, to Corker in what his government said was a goodwill gesture to promote dialogue and mutual respect between the two antagonistic governments. Joshua Goodman And Matthew Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Backchannel, official nicknamed 'Dracula' help free Utah man in Venezuela," 27 May 2018 Maduro handed over Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, to Corker in what his government said was a goodwill gesture to promote dialogue and mutual respect between the two antagonistic governments. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Backchannel with 'Dracula' helped free Utah's Joshua Holt from Venezuela jail," 26 May 2018 With Brussels battling increasingly antagonistic governments in the east and south of the bloc, officials fear that outcome would eventually encourage other countries to leave. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "With Six Months to Brexit, EU Sees Theresa May’s Plan as a Threat," 16 Sep. 2018 Schneiderman has been a longtime opponent of Trump, an antagonistic history that predated his wave of legal actions against the president's policies in office. Author: Marwa Eltagouri, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "New York’s attorney general resigns after four women accuse him of physical abuse," 8 May 2018 Governor Murphy takes over a state with a sluggish economy, lagging revenue growth, a perpetually out-of-balance budget, a pension system in dire need of funds, significant school aid funding issues and an antagonistic federal government. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "New N.J. gov. Phil Murphy faces monumental budget problems, including 'a dagger to the heart' tax issue," 16 Jan. 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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antagonistic

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

Kids Definition of antagonistic

: showing dislike or opposition : hostile, unfriendly

antagonistic

adjective
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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