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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antagonistically

Historical Examples of antagonistically

  • The county would discuss her antagonistically at a hundred tea-tables.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim

British Dictionary definitions for antagonistically



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



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

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