• WordNet 3.6
    • adj agonistic struggling for effect "agonistic poses"
    • adj agonistic striving to overcome in argument "a dialectical and agonistic approach"
    • adj agonistic of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Agonistic Pertaining to violent contests, bodily or mental; pertaining to athletic or polemic feats; athletic; combative; hence, strained; unnatural. "As a scholar, he [Dr. Parr] was brilliant, but he consumed his power in agonistic displays."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • agonistic Pertaining to contests of strength or athletic combats, or to contests of any kind, as a forensic or argumentative contest.
    • agonistic Combative; polemic; given to contending.
    • agonistic Strained; aiming at effect; melodramatic.
    • n agonistic The act of combating or struggling; combat; struggle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Agonistic relating to athletic contests: combative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. . See Agonism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Agony.


In literature:

What bafflings, agonistic shufflings, impotent gazings into the dark; what seductive fiddling, and being fiddled to!
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVII. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Seven-Years War: First Campaign--1756-1757." by Thomas Carlyle
Of course you remember Milton's Samson Agonistes.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
The Comus and the Samson Agonistes are works which, though of very different merit, offer some marked points of resemblance.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
See Milton's Preface to the Samson Agonistes.
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Behind "Paradise Lost" and "Samson Agonistes" is a big Miltonic man.
"Essays Æsthetical" by George Calvert
Associated Words: agonistics, stadium.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Containing Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and his poems on several occasions.
"Life of John Milton" by Richard Garnett
You saw how he caught my point about 'Samson Agonistes' at once.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
The catastrophe of "Samson Agonistes" discloses Milton's imperfect mastery of this element of effect.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
It is only, however, when one comes to Samson Agonistes that the full power of Milton's genius is felt.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
Samson Agonistes, modelled on the Greek Drama, i.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
And in the same year he published in one volume "Paradise Regained" and "Samson Agonistes.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
This is finely expressed by Milton, Samson Agonistes, ver.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
The choruses in Milton's Samson Agonistes can be properly appreciated only when read in time.
"The Voice and Spiritual Education" by Hiram Corson
The curious story of Samson will follow this, and Milton's Samson Agonistes may be read in part.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
There is an old edition of the "Samson Agonistes" of Milton, preceded by an abridgment of the history of the hero.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
His 'Samson,' the same subject as the 'Agonistes,' 1661.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
The scenes are agonistic, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Here, too, he wrote "Paradise Regained" and "Samson Agonistes.
"Nooks and Corners of Old London" by Charles Hemstreet
The Agonistic, into 1.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)" by George Grote

In poetry:

Frightfully uplifted for having turned inward to love the
people: -that root was so sweet O dreadful agonist? -
I saw the same pierced feet, that walked in the same crime to
its expiation; I heard the same cry.
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

VentiRx is dedicated to the development and commercialization of TLR8 agonists and antagonists for the treatment of cancer, respiratory, and autoimmune diseases.
The Agonist Premiere New Single, "Ideomotor".
The Agonist , led by frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz, will release their new album, Prisoners, on June 5.
While agonist maintenance remains a treatment of choice for patients with opioid dependence, naltrexone, an opioid antagonist , offers an alternative approach to assist in recovery.
The nicotine receptor partial agonist varenicline (Chantix) has been approved as a smoking cessation medication since 2006.
The review focuses on the mechanisms that cause phytoestrogens to act as either agonist ( estrogen ) or as antagonist (anti- estrogen ) towards the estrogen receptors in the human body.
GnRH Agonists Linked to Increased Risk for Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease.
Comment on " Long-Acting ?2-Agonist Step-off in Patients With Controlled Asthma".
Role of RGS proteins in modulating GPCR signaling: Agonist activation of the GPCR results in release of GDP from G?
The crack-addled agonistes of Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling are chronicled in the new documentary Last Days Here.
British study found a dozen deaths in those receiving beta-agonists.
Announced that Forest has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cariprazine, a potent dopamine D3/D2 receptor partial agonist with preferential binding to D3 receptors.
He recommends rations that include a beta-agonist to help reach those goals.
The Agonist, led by frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz, will release their new album, Prisoners, on June 5.
While agonist maintenance remains a treatment of choice for patients with opioid dependence, naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, offers an alternative approach to assist in recovery.

In science:

Conversely, resting, preening and agonistic behaviour of hens towards ducklings increased.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Agonistic behaviours: Avoidance: one animal moves away when another one approaches.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
From week 6 post-hatching, females clearly expressed an agonistic behaviour toward the brood and the duration of their self-maintenance behaviours increased.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Comparative analysis of anxietylike behavior in partition and plus-maze tests after agonistic interactions in mice.
Anxiety as a Factor in the Development of Autistic Spectrum Symptoms: an Experimental Study
The ordinary Emax model describes agonistic and antagonistic (inhibitory) effects of a drug, the sigmoid Emax model is more flexible for the steepness or curvature of the response–concentration curve compared to the ordinary Emax model, and composite Emax models are used for multiple drug effects.
A dynamic Bayesian nonlinear mixed-effects model of HIV response incorporating medication adherence, drug resistance and covariates