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 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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But more recently, with a resumption of trade negotiations and a less antagonistic tone between the two sides, hopes are rising for at least a preliminary breakthrough in the trade war. CBS News, "Federal Reserve expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday," 17 Sep. 2019 The spoof features the comedian as the clueless and often antagonistic host of a low-budget interview show that somehow lands major celebrities. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Downton Abbey’ special and new ‘American Horror Story’ among top viewing choices," 14 Sep. 2019 Philippe becomes the first of many characters to abandon Erik, exhausted by his friend’s antagonistic approach to life. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, "Rewriting the ‘Boy Genius’," 1 Sep. 2019 Macri has overseen a conservative, market-friendly government that marked a departure from his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who had an antagonistic relationship with Washington. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Argentina election raises doubts about Trump’s bet on right-wing leaders," 10 Sep. 2019 Previous extensions of the subsidy received broad bipartisan support, but few presidential administrations have been as antagonistic to clean energy as the Trump White House, which makes its extension far from certain. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo," 14 Aug. 2019 The muted reactions by congressional Republicans followed a pattern that’s become familiar after numerous incidents in Trump’s presidency when he’s made antagonistic or racially provocative comments. SFChronicle.com, "Trump says he’s not happy with supporters’ ‘send her back’ chant," 18 July 2019 The muted reactions by congressional Republicans followed a pattern that's become familiar after numerous incidents in Trump's presidency when he's made antagonistic or racially provocative comments. Author: Zeke Miller, Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says not happy with backers’ ‘send her back’ chant," 18 July 2019 This time protesters were antagonistic from the outset. The Economist, "Yet another tense and violent weekend puts Hong Kong on edge," 28 July 2019

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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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The first known use of antagonistic was circa 1637

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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 antagonistically (audio) \ adverb

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