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an·tag·o·nist

 (ăn-tăg′ə-nĭst)
n.
1. One who opposes and contends against another; an adversary.
2. The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama.
3. Physiology A muscle that counteracts the action of another muscle, the agonist.
4. A drug or chemical substance that interferes with the physiological action of another, especially by combining with and blocking its receptor.

an·tag′o·nis′tic adj.
an·tag′o·nis′ti·cal·ly adv.

antagonistic

(ænˌtæɡəˈnɪstɪk)
adj
1. in active opposition
2. mutually opposed
anˌtagoˈnistically adv

an•tag•o•nis•tic

(ænˌtæg əˈnɪs tɪk)

adj.
1. acting in opposition; opposing, esp. mutually.
2. ready to be hostile; unfriendly.
[1625–35]
an•tag`o•nis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.antagonistic - indicating opposition or resistanceantagonistic - indicating opposition or resistance
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
2.antagonistic - characterized by antagonism or antipathyantagonistic - characterized by antagonism or antipathy; "slaves antagonistic to their masters"; "antipathetic factions within the party"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
3.antagonistic - arousing animosity or hostility; "his antagonistic brusqueness"; "Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States"
conciliative, conciliatory - intended to placate; "spoke in a conciliating tone"; "a conciliatory visit"
4.antagonistic - used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effectantagonistic - used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
interactive, synergistic - used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more)
5.antagonistic - incapable of harmonious associationantagonistic - incapable of harmonious association
incompatible - not compatible; "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors"

antagonistic

adjective hostile, opposed, resistant, at odds, incompatible, set against, averse, unfriendly, at variance, inimical, antipathetic, ill-disposed Nearly all the women were antagonistic to the idea.
Usage: A useful synonym for antagonistic, for example in public opinion is antagonistic to nuclear energy, is averse. However, this alternative should be used with care as a very common error is to confuse it with adverse. Averse is usually followed by to and is meant to convey a strong dislike or hostility towards something, normally expressed by a person or people. Adverse is wrong in this context and should be used in relation to conditions or results: adverse road conditions.

antagonistic

adjective
Acting against or in opposition:
Translations
مُخاصِم، مُعادِ، مُعارِض
antagonistickýnepřátelský
fjendtlig
fjandsamlegur
antagonic
protichodný

antagonistic

[ænˌtægəˈnɪstɪk] ADJ
1. (= hostile) [person, attitude] → hostil, antagonista
2. (= opposed) [ideas, views] → antagónico, opuesto
I am not in the least antagonistic to the ideayo no me opongo en lo más mínimo a la idea

antagonistic

[ænˌtægəˈnɪstɪk] adj [attitude, feelings] → hostile; [relationship] → antagoniste; [person] → hostile
to be antagonistic towards sb/sth → être hostile à qn/qch

antagonistic

adj reaction, attitudefeindselig; forcegegnerisch, feindlich; interestswiderstreitend, antagonistisch; to be antagonistic to or toward(s) somebody/somethingjdm/gegen etw feindselig gesinnt sein

antagonistic

[ænˌtægəˈnɪstɪk] adjantagonistico/a

antagonist

(ӕnˈtӕgənist) noun
an opponent or enemy.
anˈtagonism noun
unfriendliness, hostility.
anˌtagoˈnistic adjective
anˌtagoˈnistically adverb
anˈtagonize, anˈtagonise verb
to make an enemy of (someone). You are antagonizing her by your rudeness.
References in classic literature ?
The street, the children, the fruit vender, the flowers growing there under her eyes, were all part and parcel of an alien world which had suddenly become antagonistic.
The strange, upheaving, lifting tendency of the taffrail breeze filling the hollows of so many sails, made the buoyant, hovering deck to feel like air beneath the feet; while still she rushed along, as if two antagonistic influences were struggling in her --one to mount direct to heaven, the other to drive yawingly to some horizontal goal.
I know no medium: I never in my life have known any medium in my dealings with positive, hard characters, antagonistic to my own, between absolute submission and determined revolt.
The nature of the man, unpliably antagonistic to the world and the world's customs, might justify some such interpretation of his conduct as this.
At first with the aristocracy; later on, with those portions of the bourgeoisie itself, whose interests have become antagonistic to the progress of industry; at all times, with the bourgeoisie of foreign countries.
Nature's Law prescribes two antagonistic decrees affecting Circular propagation; first, that as the race climbs higher in the scale of development, so development shall proceed at an accelerated pace; second, that in the same proportion, the race shall become less fertile.
In his words, his tone, and especially in that calm, almost antagonistic look could be felt an estrangement from everything belonging to this world, terrible in one who is alive.
Her feeling that he was antagonistic to her, which had lapsed while she thought of her family possessions, returned so keenly that she stopped in the middle of her catalog and looked at him.
As soon as the boche and his guard were aboard again, I called all hands on deck, including von Schoenvorts, and there I explained to them that the time had come for us to enter into some sort of an agreement among ourselves that would relieve us of the annoyance and embarrassment of being divided into two antagonistic parts--prisoners and captors.
A professional writer whose views are antagonistic to
Following upon Capitalism, it was held, even by such intellectual and antagonistic giants as Herbert Spencer, that Socialism would come.
And if he were a philosopher of the eristic and antagonistic sort, I should say to him: You have my answer, and if I am wrong, your business is to take up the argument and refute me.