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EtymologyEdit

From antagonist +‎ -ic.

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  • IPA(key): /æn.tæ.ɡə.ˈnɪs.tɪk/

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antagonistic (comparative more antagonistic, superlative most antagonistic)

  1. Contending or acting against.
    • Milman:
      They were distinct, adverse, even antagonistic.
    • 1866, American Journal of Pharmacy and the Sciences Supporting Public Health:
      Though the tephrosia is a powerful agent, and, if carried too far beyond the antagonistic action of the poison, is, I presume, not entirely without danger, I have never known any bad symptoms to arise from its use.
    • 2002, Barry Ames, The Deadlock of Democracy in Brazil, page 171:
      And deputies from opposing parties, inherently more antagonistic than deputies from the same party, can be bought at a lower price.
  2. (biochemistry) Relating to an antagonist

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