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antagonistic

[an-tag-uh-nis-tik] /ænˌtæg əˈnɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.
2.
hostile; unfriendly.
Origin of antagonistic
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; antagonist + -ic
Related forms
antagonistically, adverb
nonantagonistic, adjective
nonantagonistically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for antagonistic
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  • There was self-assertion, but not of the antagonistic—solely of the inviting sort.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • To most men reason and passion appear to be antagonistic both in idea and fact.

    Symposium Plato
  • All of them are antagonistic to sense and have an affinity to number and measure and a presentiment of ideas.

    Timaeus Plato
  • For criticism is antagonistic to the normal bent of the mind.

  • Then it came, in the jeering laughter of the antagonistic Dalis.

British Dictionary definitions for antagonistic

antagonistic

/ænˌtæɡəˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
in active opposition
2.
mutually opposed
Derived Forms
antagonistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antagonistic
adj.

1630s, from antagonist + -ic. Related: Antagonistical (1620s); antagonistically.

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