Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to an agonist.
  • adjective Striving to overcome in argument; combative.
  • adjective Of or relating to contests, originally those of the ancient Greeks.
  • adjective Of or relating to behavior associated with conflict between one animal and another.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun The act of combating or struggling; combat; struggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἀγωνιστικός.

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