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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The queries were uniformly skeptical of the commission’s actions, if not antagonistic. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Federal regulator to conduct surprise inspections when San Onofre resumes nuclear waste transfers," 3 June 2019 Probably not: With Washington openly antagonistic, Beijing can ill afford to alienate Brussels. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Where Huawei Loses, Nordics Will Gain," 6 Dec. 2018 The book paints an ugly picture of a chaotic White House, but the media's largely antagonistic role is also part of the portrait. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Trump attacks Woodward, but trashing his book may not work," 6 Sep. 2018 Trump’s antagonistic trade policies — and specifically the steel and aluminum tariffs — drew international denunciation. Paul Wiseman,, "Trump takes aim at Canada as nations protest his tariffs," 1 June 2018 Vocal workers took a more antagonistic stance towards GM. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "GM's Lordstown Chevy Cruze Plant Closes Amidst Protests," 7 Mar. 2019 But decades later, its coverage of the Montgomery bus boycott of the 1950s and the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 was indifferent and antagonistic. John Eligon, New York Times, "A Lynching Memorial Forces a Reckoning for a Nation, and a Newspaper," 29 Apr. 2018 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

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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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