- a relationship between two species of organisms in which the individuals of each species adversely affect the other, as in competition.
- the inhibition of the growth of one type of organism by a different type that is competing for the same ecological niche.
- antagonistic muscles,
Origin of antagonism
Examples from the Web for antagonism
Work that alienates one reader to the point of antagonism can feel like a perfect fit to another.Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’ Plumbs the Deep Fun of Philosophical Fiction|Drew Smith|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the antagonism sure to be generated by such racial disparities was magnified by the sheer number of cases.Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household|Michael Daly|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On more than one occasion, literal fights broke out behind closed doors, and the antagonism often fell along racial lines.Liberals Slam Andrew Cuomo’s Deals With New York GOP|David Freedlander|December 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is important not to set out on a path of antagonism towards the leaders in Israel and Palestine.
The antagonism between News Corp. and the BBC goes back a long way.
Subconsciously, if not directly though, Bab began to divine a hint of antagonism in the man.Rich Man, Poor Man|Maximilian Foster
She instinctively recognised their antagonism and was afraid Betty would do something an English baronet would think vulgar.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
It was an unfathomable look,--partly of pain, partly of antagonism.Between Whiles|Helen Hunt Jackson
Inconsistently enough, he missed the antagonism of the European critics.Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber
The leading papers of the two factions are very hostile, and keep alive the feeling of antagonism.Peculiarities of American Cities|Willard Glazier
1797, from French antagonisme or directly from late Greek antagonisma, noun of action from antagonizesthai "to struggle against" (see antagonist).