AskDefine | Define antagonistic

Dictionary Definition

antagonistic adj
1 indicating opposition or resistance [syn: counter]
2 characterized by antagonism or antipathy; "slaves antagonistic to their masters"; "antipathetic factions within the party" [syn: antipathetic, antipathetical]
3 arousing animosity or hostility; "his antagonizing brusqueness"; "Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States" [ant: conciliatory]
4 used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect [syn: incompatible] [ant: synergistic]
5 opposing or neutralizing or mitigating an effect by contrary action [syn: counteractive] [ant: active]
6 incapable of harmonious association

User Contributed Dictionary



antagonist + -ic




  1. Contending or acting against; as, antagonistic forces.


  • French: antagonique
  • Romanian: antagonic

Extensive Definition

Antagonist (from Greek ανταγωνιστής - antagonistes, "opponent, competitor, rival") may refer to:

See also


antagonistic in German: Antagonist
antagonistic in French: Antagoniste
antagonistic in Lithuanian: Antagonistas
antagonistic in Dutch: Antagonist
antagonistic in Slovak: Antagonista

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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