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

separately, individually, variously, negatively, adversely, unusually, abnormally, antagonistically, antithetically, asymmetrically, conflictingly, contradictorily, contrarily, contrastingly, contrastively, discordantly, disparately, distinctively, divergently, diversely

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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


  1. in active opposition
  2. mutually opposed
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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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