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[an-tag-uh-nis-tik] /ænˌtæg əˈnɪs tɪk/
acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.
hostile; unfriendly.
Origin of antagonistic
First recorded in 1625-35; antagonist + -ic
Related forms
antagonistically, adverb
nonantagonistic, adjective
nonantagonistically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The interview had been, on the whole, antagonistic; yet the impression it left on her mind was pleasant.

    Meg's Friend Alice Abigail Corkran
  • The people generally were not antagonistic to a change of rule.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • This man, whose attitude when he saw her in secret at Boscombe was so antagonistic, was now deeply in love with her!

    The Place of Dragons William Le Queux
  • Philosophy has always been regarded by them as antagonistic to Christian faith.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • There was a little pride about him which was antagonistic to the best interests of such a trade as his.

    The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for antagonistic


in active opposition
mutually opposed
Derived Forms
antagonistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antagonistic

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

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