antagonistic

[an-tag-uh-nis-tik]
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Origin of antagonistic

First recorded in 1625–35; antagonist + -ic
Related formsan·tag·o·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·tag·o·nis·tic, adjectivenon·an·tag·o·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for antagonistic

inimical, unfriendly, combative, hostile

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Contemporary Examples of antagonistic

  • Ironically, Hezbollah and its backer Iran have not always had an antagonistic relationship with al-Qaeda.

  • In Canada, relations between the federal system and the provincial system are much more fraught — often antagonistic.

  • No matter how antagonistic the question or the barb, Jackson keeps a low voice and a respectful tone.

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    Obama's Big Green Gun

    Michelle Cottle

    November 2, 2011

  • Facing 75 years, an air of unreality surrounds Bongiorno's antagonistic behavior.

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    Madoff's Millionaire Secretary

    Allan Dodds Frank

    December 20, 2010

  • It was bad enough in America, with all the agencies involved, which led to some antagonistic moments among them in Katrina.

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    Haiti's Grisly Problem

    Cyril Wecht

    January 19, 2010

Historical Examples of antagonistic


British Dictionary definitions for antagonistic

antagonistic

adjective
  1. in active opposition
  2. mutually opposed
Derived Formsantagonistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antagonistic
adj.

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

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