Examples of antagonist in a Sentence
- They are interested in character first, and in Don, a foul-mouthed psychopath with a hair-trigger temper and buried longings for Gal's wife, they have created a truly scary antagonist. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 18 June 2001
- In the 1970s researchers discovered that the actions of estrogen and other hormones can be blocked chemically by drugs called hormone antagonists … —David Plotkin, Atlantic, June 1996
- If the new comptroller is a true antagonist of the seamy bond market practices he decried in the campaign, why has he installed as his first deputy the public finance director from the Dinkins administration who was Holtzman's accomplice in each of those deals. —Wayne Barrett, Village Voice, March 1994
- As in that film, Kopple not only draws an intimate portrait of the protagonists and antagonists in the strike, but also deftly locates the workers' struggle within a broad context of economic and political forces. —Frank Thompson, Film Comment, January/February 1991
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Recent Examples of antagonist from the Web
The central issue was the presence of Rodriguez, his longtime antagonist from their days with the Yankees (in Rodriguez’s case) and Red Sox (in Ortiz’s).
Bob Corker, his current antagonist, was reportedly ruled out for being too short.
But this unlikeliest of candidates for redemption finds just that as antagonists become allies and a quest for retribution becomes a stirring move toward painful acceptance and perhaps peace.
Jordan, the Freedom Caucus's founding chairman, was Boehner's main antagonist, undercutting his efforts to broker deals with the White House to address the national debt and other issues.
The concept is straightforward enough: If there is a Conservative government, then each of the Tory ministers is matched with a Labour antagonist who would hypothetically fill his role if there were a Labour government.
Cushman plays an antagonist director to Sowby Rands, leading her pursuit of McCartney at all costs to numerous L.A. homes and awards ceremonies.
The antagonists in the frame — the fine actress Delia Kropp is stuck playing an omnipresent evil nurse who makes Ratched look like Florence Nightingale — are cartoonish and far too broadly played, which only dilutes the show's ideological force.
But Trump was smitten, according to British television journalist and longtime Trump antagonist Selina Scott, who hosted a 60-minute documentary about Trump for the U.K. network ITV in 1995.
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Did You Know?
On the stage or screen, in a story or a novel, the protagonist is the main character and the antagonist is the opposing one. Pro- and ant- usually mark the good and bad characters, but not always; there may occasionally be an evil protagonist and a good antagonist. In the drama of the real world, it's especially hard to sort out which is which, so we usually speak of both parties to a conflict as antagonists. During a strike, for example, representatives of labor and management become antagonists; they often manage to antagonize each other, and the antagonism often remains after the strike is over.
Synonymsadversary, enemy, foe, hostile, opponent
Related Wordsarchenemy, archfoe, nemesis; ill-wisher; bane, bête noire; assailant, attacker, combatant, invader; competitor, emulator, rival
Near Antonymsbuddy, chum, compadre, crony, fellow, hail-fellow, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, hobnobber, mate, musketeer, pal; abettor (also abetter), accomplice, ally, collaborator, colleague, comrade, confederate, friendly, partner; adherent, disciple, follower; backer, benefactor, exponent, supporter, sympathizer, well-wisher
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medical Definition of antagonist
- contact between a tooth and its antagonist in the opposing jaw
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