Definition of antagonism in English:

antagonism

noun

mass noun
  • Active hostility or opposition.

    ‘the antagonism between them’
    ‘his antagonism towards the local people’
    count noun ‘petty antagonisms and jealousies’
    • ‘In the early nineteenth century, the old British antagonism between Celts and Saxons was put on a biological footing.’
    • ‘The petty point-scoring highlights the deepening antagonism between the rivals.’
    • ‘And there often is an assumption that it is about hostility or antagonism between men and women.’
    • ‘Both relationships are made difficult by a shared awareness of a history of mutual antagonism between ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Open public antagonism towards farmers will not help them, their communities or the rest of us.’
    • ‘Our natural state is antagonism towards authority and a general feeling of disenchantment.’
    • ‘Very often it is our discrimination against them that helps nurture their antagonism towards us.’
    • ‘This suddenly changed the long-standing political antagonism between the East and the West.’
    • ‘The legal system can seek to limit family members' antagonism towards one another, particularly when relationships are ending.’
    • ‘The antagonism between races in the city is nothing compared with the fear of it felt by those outside.’
    • ‘So much of the way people behave in negotiations causes anger, bitterness, hostility or antagonism.’
    • ‘What lies behind all this, I believe, is a deep sense of the fundamental antagonism between the government and the people it governs.’
    • ‘Why, though, if truth is so wonderful, and so obtainable, is there so much antagonism toward science?’
    • ‘For on a national level, New Labour has long since abandoned any Old Labour-style antagonism towards private education.’
    • ‘This perception has caused resentment, antagonism, and opposition to the West.’
    • ‘The symbolic separation and opposition aside, the personal antagonism between the two men is not imagined by the media.’
    • ‘I am very sorry that some contributors to your letters page seem to be trying to encourage antagonism between different areas of the city hit by the floods.’
    • ‘The year-end election is likely to revive antagonism between the government and the opposition.’
    • ‘He said antagonism between the French teenagers and local youths had built up over the weekend, with a number of verbal exchanges.’
    • ‘In 1959 he became professor, by which time he had welcomed in the new NHS and done much to make his colleagues overcome their antagonism towards it.’
    hostility, friction, enmity, antipathy, animus, opposition, dissension, rivalry, feud, conflict, discord, contention
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Origin

Early 19th century: from French antagonisme, from Greek antagōnizesthai ‘struggle against’ (see antagonist).

Pronunciation

antagonism

/anˈtaɡ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/