Adjective "antagonistic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing or feeling active opposition or hostility towards someone or something.
  1. 'an antagonistic group of bystanders'
  2. 'The ceremony at the square was watched by more than three thousand people, including many who had been so antagonistic to him.'
  3. 'I have often wondered why so many theologians are keen on the very writers who are most overtly antagonistic to Christianity.'
  4. 'These two communities are often antagonistic to each other, and I think that may be because they do not understand each other.'
  5. 'Their attitudes concerning poetry and its function in life are different, sometimes even antagonistic to one another.'
  6. 'I was disappointed that our elected representative was so antagonistic to councillors who were working hard to resolve the dispute.'
  7. 'It is no longer possible for any section of the global population to cling to a system of thinking that is uncompromisingly antagonistic to the thinking of others.'
  8. 'It recognizes that politics must have an underlying morality to it, but it is antagonistic to traditional morality.'
  9. 'Nor are most Australians of Irish descent (partial or complete) antagonistic to Britain.'
  10. 'But in Britain and the US many people feel ambivalent or antagonistic towards the mainstream popular resistance.'
  11. 'Although antagonistic to this cultural heritage, their critiques can themselves be said to assume a national frame.'
Relating to an antagonist or its action.
  1. 'This is compatible with a genuine antagonistic action of the drugs during their gradual diffusion and washout.'
  2. 'Such an antagonistic effect of UVA could potentially explain much of the controversy.'


1. acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.

2. hostile; unfriendly.

More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be antagonistic to militaries."

"marxisms can be antagonistic to rights."

"ideas can be antagonistic to projects."

"people can be antagonistic."

"governments can be antagonistic."

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