Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Contending against; acting in opposition; mutually opposing; opposite.
- n. Something that acts in an antagonistic manner; specifically, a muscle whose action counteracts that of another.
- In the psychology of visual sensation, complementary: as, blue and yellow are antagonistic colors.
- adj. Contending or acting against; as, antagonistic forces.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Opposing in combat, combating; contending or acting against.
- adj. characterized by antagonism or antipathy
- adj. indicating opposition or resistance
- adj. incapable of harmonious association
- adj. arousing animosity or hostility
- adj. used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
- From antagonist + -ic (Wiktionary)
“But the effect of this is to place them in antagonistic relations in reference to the fiscal action of the government and the entire course of policy therewith connected.”
“Charging that the General Assembly of Illinois, as well as those of the other states, contain antagonistic elements which have retarded progress at the state level, the report recited how the labour movement, more and more, carries its appeals to the federal government.”
“There was, as Margaret truly said, but one right and one wrong; the painful right, and the pleasant wrong, stood now in antagonistic contrast to each other.”
“They reinforce the notion of antagonistic policing, rather than the consensual, even contractual law enforcement that has, at least notionally, been the traditional mark of the copper on his beat.”
“In the first case, you can call the antagonistic principle “the existing order,” in the second, “antiquated prejudice.””
“The prevalent mode of social interaction today is what David Riesman, in The Lonely Crowd, referred to as antagonistic cooperation, in which a cult of teamwork conceals the struggle for survival within bureaucratic organizations.”
“These color-pairs are known as antagonistic or complementary colors.”
“And these two conditions we may call antagonistic, as far as our efforts at practical settlement are concerned.”
“This combination has been well called antagonistic coöperation.”
“They're definitely more typically antagonistic, which is something I have to learn how to do!" he says.”
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