• WordNet 3.6
    • adj antagonistic incapable of harmonious association
    • adj antagonistic used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
    • adj antagonistic arousing animosity or hostility "his antagonistic brusqueness","Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States"
    • adj antagonistic characterized by antagonism or antipathy "slaves antagonistic to their masters","antipathetic factions within the party"
    • adj antagonistic indicating opposition or resistance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Antagonistic Opposing in combat, combating; contending or acting against; as, antagonistic forces. "They were distinct, adverse, even antagonistic ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antagonistic Contending against; acting in opposition; mutually opposing; opposite.
    • n antagonistic Something that acts in an antagonistic manner; specifically, a muscle whose action counteracts that of another.
    • antagonistic In the psychology of visual sensation, complementary: as, blue and yellow are antagonistic colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Antagonistic contending against: opposed to
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.”
  • Plato
    “There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.”
  • Emile Coue
    Emile Coue
    “When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.”
  • William Mathews
    William Mathews
    “All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against—agōn, contest. See Agony.


In literature:

I succumbed completely before this master-stroke of policy, which my wary antagonist had not disclosed until the last.
"She and I, Volume 2" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The elephant, although much the larger, knew his antagonist well.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Three dusky antagonists lay dead at his feet, and he was rushing across the corral in search of a fourth.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
I noticed that my antagonist had chosen this one.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Neither antagonist convinced the other, and after a while they grew wearied of traveling over one another's minds.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
Our antagonist is our helper.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
After that the fire of his antagonists diminished and soon ceased.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
It seemed in no degree afraid of True, and he evidently considered it a formidable antagonist.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
We should be thankful when we fall in with an antagonist of superior strength.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The canvas blew out, and the frigate began slowly to move towards her antagonist.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

In rhetoric its powers are shewn;
The boldest figure ever known.
'Twill your antagonist o'erthrow;
It fells him with a single blow;
Is the most cogent we insist,
Except a blow with double fist.
"The Wager" by William Hutton

In news:

Therefore we examined whether the use of calcium antagonists was associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal haemorrhage (GIH).
Combinations of aspirin, clopidogrel, and vitamin K antagonists are widely used in patients after myocardial infarction .
Do we want an antagonistic, bullying, uncompromising person to represent us in Congress.
Ask got curious about the facts behind Newsies antagonist Joseph Pulitzer .
Among this group, it is Frum who is most antagonistic to the libertarian impulse on the right, partly because he is a neoconservative.
In this corner, the antagonist, Bully the Cat.
W ith total partisan war (still) consuming Washington, the Obama White House spent the last two weeks blasting away at an unlikely antagonist: 36-year-old New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, author of the new book The Obamas.
There always has to be an antagonist.
Anti-Atherogenic Effects Shown in Phase I Trial of Receptor Antagonist.
Amira Pharmaceuticals to Present Preclinical Data on AM152, an LPA1 Receptor Antagonist, at the Annual Meeting of the American Thoracic Society.
Antagonist in Iraq Takes a Political Gamble.
Long history between Kreis, Lagerwey makes "antagonistic" relationship work.
John Robb likens the United States to Microsoft, and its networked antagonists in the age of global terrorism to open-source developers.
The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has reinvented himself under the Father John Misty moniker, shedding the contemplative folk of his solo work and that with the Fleet Foxes in favor an almost antagonistic apathy.
Or let your child know that you had a difficult relationship with your sibling(s) growing up and want what you believe to be a less antagonist environment for her.

In science:

Let us assume that an integer electric charge e rotating along an orbit of radius r generates two antagonist forces, one centripetal (action) and the other one centrifugal (reaction), that fix its equilibrium state, and let's start with the non relativist formulation.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
The proton, which appears as the only particle with r < 2.8 Fm, is stable despite being at the top of the left part of the curve where the offset between the two antagonist structural energies, compressive and expansive, is maximum.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
These two antagonist effects should in principle induce some massdependent variations in the galaxy-temperature crosscorrelation function.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
Biological control agents often exhibit marked variability in performance (Gibson et al., 1999), failing to provide isotropic control of infection on targeted hosts, for example due to uneven colonization of roots by microbial antagonists deployed as biological control agents.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
It is found that the natural antagonists, the pump strength P and the loss at the surfaces play a severe though in first instance counterintuitive role.
Coherent feedback from dissipation: the lasing mode volume of random lasers