Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Striving to overcome in argument; combative.
  • adj. Struggling to achieve effect; strained and contrived.
  • adj. Of or relating to contests, originally those of the ancient Greeks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to contests that were originally participated in by the Ancient Greeks; athletic.
  • adj. Characterised by conflict or hostility.
  • adj. Argumentative, combative.
  • adj. Pertaining to an agonist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to violent contests, bodily or mental; pertaining to athletic or polemic feats; athletic; combative; hence, strained; unnatural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to contests of strength or athletic combats, or to contests of any kind, as a forensic or argumentative contest.
  • Combative; polemic; given to contending.
  • Strained; aiming at effect; melodramatic.
  • n. The act of combating or struggling; combat; struggle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. striving to overcome in argument
  • adj. struggling for effect
  • adj. of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἀγωνιστικός. (Wiktionary)

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