View synonyms for antagonistic


[ an-tag-uh-nis-tik ]


  1. acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.
  2. hostile; unfriendly.

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  • an·tago·nisti·cal·ly adverb
  • nonan·tago·nistic adjective
  • nonan·tago·nisti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of antagonistic1

First recorded in 1625–35; antagonist + -ic

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Example Sentences

I’m not claiming it’s a progressive magazine, but I think it is one of the most class-antagonistic publications in the country.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones got a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for slapping antagonistic center Ryan Jensen.

From the jump, activist short campaigns are decidedly antagonistic—the tone is Accounting 101 meets WrestleMania.

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For the first time in recent history, the Board of Supervisors may be antagonistic to the Sheriff’s Department.

In many of the competitive races, Republicans have risked their seats by jamming through the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who is perceived as antagonistic to Obamacare.

Their relationships with each other range from conciliatory to borderline antagonistic.

Our show owes a great debt to The Sopranos, like all the other shows that center on a flawed or somewhat antagonistic protagonist.

How do peaceful, non-antagonistic peoples prevent certain individuals from ratcheting up rage and creating divisive groups?

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.

Many adults, it is said, hardly have a rudiment of this feeling, pairing the most fiercely antagonistic tints.

This heterodox opinion brought upon him a crowd of antagonistic replies, and amongst them the Rfutation of Bodin.

From the first he had taken up an antagonistic attitude, and would not admit that the cases given proved anything.

Ecclesiastical as well as political parties were no doubt strongly defined, and for a time strongly antagonistic.

He will keep quiet so long as you do; but if you make an antagonistic move be will punish you if possible.


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