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

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 The defense also worked to undercut the credibility of the brothers, seeking to portray Olabinjo Osundairo as homophobic and someone who may have felt antagonistic toward Mr. Smollett, who is gay. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Russia’s fake news law is a severe step for a country whose government is already antagonistic to the ideals of a free press. Scott Nover, Quartz, 6 Mar. 2022 Moreover, other commentators conceivably less antagonistic to the Biden administration than Doocy are ... also asking these same kinds of questions, and looking into the same topic. Andy Meek, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Nor did the commission mention Russia’s increasingly antagonistic security posture against the West. Andy Meek, BGR, 30 Mar. 2022 Graham and Cruz exhibited antagonistic, degrading and at times sexist behavior., 25 Mar. 2022 Opponents say the law would harm LGBTQ youths by creating an antagonistic educational environment. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 The writer speculates that the day will come (or has come) that any media outlets, bloggers, scholars or script writers who continue to wield those names may automatically be seen as antagonistic toward the church. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 She’s bossy, antagonistic, and gossips about my personal business. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of antagonistic

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antagonistic

see antagonize

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13 May 2022

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“Antagonistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for antagonistic


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 antagonistic (audio) \ adverb

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