1. indicating opposition or resistance (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑counter
Similar to: ↑negative
Derivationally related forms: ↑antagonist, ↑antagonism
2. characterized by antagonism or antipathy (Freq. 1)

slaves antagonistic to their masters


antipathetic factions within the party

Similar to: ↑hostile
Derivationally related forms: ↑antipathy (for: ↑antipathetical), ↑antipathy (for: ↑antipathetic), ↑antagonism
3. arousing animosity or hostility

his antagonistic brusqueness


Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States

Ant: ↑conciliatory
Similar to: ↑alienating
Derivationally related forms: ↑antagonism
4. used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect
Syn: ↑incompatible
Ant: ↑synergistic
Similar to: ↑antacid, ↑antiphlogistic
Derivationally related forms: ↑antagonist, ↑antagonism
5. incapable of harmonious association
Similar to: ↑incompatible
Derivationally related forms: ↑antagonism

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