- acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.
- hostile; unfriendly.
Origin of antagonistic
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Examples from the Web for antagonistic
Ironically, Hezbollah and its backer Iran have not always had an antagonistic relationship with al-Qaeda.Hezbollah, Jabhat al-Nusra Set for Showdown in Syria
March 14, 2013
In Canada, relations between the federal system and the provincial system are much more fraught — often antagonistic.Why Doesn't Canada Have a Two Party System?
October 6, 2012
No matter how antagonistic the question or the barb, Jackson keeps a low voice and a respectful tone.Obama's Big Green Gun
November 2, 2011
Facing 75 years, an air of unreality surrounds Bongiorno's antagonistic behavior.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.Haiti's Grisly Problem
January 19, 2010
There was self-assertion, but not of the antagonistic—solely of the inviting sort.Weighed and Wanting
To most men reason and passion appear to be antagonistic both in idea and fact.Symposium
All of them are antagonistic to sense and have an affinity to number and measure and a presentiment of ideas.Timaeus
For criticism is antagonistic to the normal bent of the mind.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
Then it came, in the jeering laughter of the antagonistic Dalis.
- in active opposition
- mutually opposed
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Word Origin and History for antagonistic
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