Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to agonistically: Agonistic behaviour


 (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.


in an agonistic manner
References in periodicals archive ?
120) They agonistically differentiate good from sin and darkness: "Like Jesus, the martyr, male or female, is a nonviolent agonistic figure, struggling to stand upright in obedient love against attack.
In this way, the ethnographer is not so different from those (with) whom s/he tries to understand: Both are engaged agonistically and refiexively in parsing out just how things fit together (Faubion et al.
Gentleman [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: this valorizing term should always sound positive, but note how it appears paired agonistically with killers/murderers in 1.
Marvell's speaker engages with the voices fashioned by Herbert both sympathetically and agonistically.
1 contains synergistically influencing variables (dark color bars) and agonistically influencing variables (blank bars) [12].
Yet while we have often read the poem as a Platonic denigration of poets as merely bad imitators, "Art" goes on "To mimic" the storm, suggesting that the artist's imitation of nature is at best ambivalent, and that the two creators agonistically tease one another.
then ask how much diversity it can tolerate' but can adopt a political life which is 'dialogically and agonistically constituted' (Sandercock 2006: 49).
Do these macroeconomic philosophies actually represent two agonistically opposed policy positions, or, like the debate surrounding political representation in the mid-nineteenth century, do these positions merely reflect two different instantiations of today's dominant cartography of power?
Do we therefore have to conclude, contrary to what was just said, that Stiegler does have a notion of fundamental antagonism (tamed ontically or agonistically by means of law and 'tertiary retention')?
Clearly, Fuller drew on her rhetorical training as a model for the proposed forum; she wished to help women test and classify their knowledge agonistically and to "disrupt certain ideological assumptions", in the words of Christina Zwarg, who states that Fuller's success lies in her conversational skills that "negotiate a new understanding of the relationship between public and private worlds" (Zwarg 1995:211,254).
Democracy works best when these divisions are imagined agonistically rather than antagonistically.
Rokem describes the kind of dramatic and theatrical devices Plato gave Socrates to use, paradoxically and agonistically, to articulate specific philosophical ideas and the terms by which philosophy would establish itself as a new discipline in contradistinction to theater, poetry, and the arts.