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 This experiment is irresponsible and antagonistic to users. Chris Smith, BGR, "This site tells you if Google’s new ad tech is ‘spying’ on you," 11 Apr. 2021 The relationship between science and tradition does not need to be inherently antagonistic. New York Times, "The Moral Case for Buying Erling Haaland," 17 Apr. 2021 The news comes at a time when the company has been openly antagonistic towards critics of its workplace conditions, specifically the work conditions of its warehouse employees. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Amazon illegally fired two employees, labor board finds," 5 Apr. 2021 The sanctions are the latest in a series of actions that successive presidential administrations have taken to counter Russian behavior seen as antagonistic. Time, "The U.S. Expels Russian Diplomats and Imposes Sanctions Over a Hacking Attack," 16 Apr. 2021 The incident in January 2019 epitomized the antagonistic relationship between then-President Donald Trump and the US intelligence community and showed the degree to which intelligence leaders were marginalized under Trump. Katie Bo Williams, Kylie Atwood And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "Intelligence officials reassert their role post-Trump," 14 Apr. 2021 The family’s relationship with their son Tyler’s health care provider became so antagonistic that NICA twice hired a private investigator to tail them. Carol Marbin Miller, ProPublica, "When Births Go Horribly Wrong, Florida Protects Doctors and Forces Families to Pay the Price," 8 Apr. 2021 Even so, the meeting in Anchorage has probably set the tone for an antagonistic relationship between the world’s two most important powers. The Economist, "Acrimony across the Pacific A hostile meeting sets the tone for US-China relations," 20 Mar. 2021 Tom’s attempt at making some quick cash as a street performer, establishing their antagonistic relationship. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Tom & Jerry’ doesn’t give the beloved cat and mouse enough time to shine," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Antagonistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 antagonistic (audio) \ adverb

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