antagonistic

[ an-tag-uh-nis-tik ]
/ ænˌtæg əˈnɪs tɪk /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. antacid,
  2. antaeus,
  3. antagonise,
  4. antagonism,
  5. antagonist,
  6. antagonistic muscles,
  7. antagonize,
  8. antagonizer,
  9. antakiya,
  10. antakya

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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Examples from the Web for antagonistically

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

    The Pastor's Wife|Elizabeth von Arnim


British Dictionary definitions for antagonistically

antagonistic

/ (ænˌtæɡəˈnɪstɪk) /

adjective

in active opposition
mutually opposed
Derived Formsantagonistically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for antagonistically

antagonistic

adj.

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

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