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 (ăg′ə-nĭs′tĭk) also ag·o·nis·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Of or relating to an agonist.
2. Striving to overcome in argument; combative: "In the far more consequential world of business and finance ... pretensions of youthful vigor and agonistic prowess reign supreme" (Theodore Roszack).
3. Of or relating to contests, originally those of the ancient Greeks.
4. Of or relating to behavior associated with conflict between one animal and another.

ag′o·nis′ti·cal·ly adv.


(ˌæɡəˈnɪstɪk) ;


1. striving for effect; strained
2. eager to win in discussion or argument; competitive
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek agōnistikos, from agōn contest]


(ˌæg əˈnɪs tɪk)

also ag`o•nis′ti•cal,

1. combative; striving to overcome in argument.
2. straining for effect: agonistic humor.
3. of or pertaining to ancient Greek athletic contests.
4. pertaining to a behavioral response to an aggressive encounter, as attack or appeasement.
[1640–50; < Greek]
ag`o•nis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.agonistic - of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece
2.agonistic - striving to overcome in argumentagonistic - striving to overcome in argument; "a dialectical and agonistic approach"
competitive, competitory - involving competition or competitiveness; "competitive games"; "to improve one's competitive position"
3.agonistic - struggling for effectagonistic - struggling for effect; "agonistic poses"
affected, unnatural - speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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