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1Showing or feeling active opposition or hostility towards someone or something:‘he was antagonistic to the government's reforms’‘an antagonistic group of bystanders’
hostile, aggressive, belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, combative, contentious, truculent, confrontational, quarrelsome, argumentativehostile, opposed, inimical, antipathetic, unsympathetic, ill-disposed, resistant, averseView synonyms
- ‘I was disappointed that our elected representative was so antagonistic to councillors who were working hard to resolve the dispute.’
- ‘In the future we might have a Government that is pretty antagonistic to the aid community, and is running some rather strange foreign policy agendas.’
- ‘The capitalist profit motive is antagonistic to public health, preferring to treat illness rather than preventing it.’
- ‘I have often wondered why so many theologians are keen on the very writers who are most overtly antagonistic to Christianity.’
- ‘I am left wondering what moves people to be so antagonistic to two beautiful and harmless wild creatures.’
- ‘But in Britain and the US many people feel ambivalent or antagonistic towards the mainstream popular resistance.’
- ‘Some students have trouble coping with friends or family members who are antagonistic to their teaching aspirations.’
- ‘The commission on men may well die on the vine from being stacked with members who are antagonistic to, or ignorant of, men's issues.’
- ‘Greek city-states were fiercely independent and often profoundly antagonistic to their immediate Greek neighbours.’
- ‘Lutheranism developed in two different directions, somewhat antagonistic to one another.’
- ‘Although antagonistic to this cultural heritage, their critiques can themselves be said to assume a national frame.’
- ‘Their attitudes concerning poetry and its function in life are different, sometimes even antagonistic to one another.’
- ‘The ceremony at the square was watched by more than three thousand people, including many who had been so antagonistic to him.’
- ‘Nor are most Australians of Irish descent (partial or complete) antagonistic to Britain.’
- ‘It recognizes that politics must have an underlying morality to it, but it is antagonistic to traditional morality.’
- ‘These two communities are often antagonistic to each other, and I think that may be because they do not understand each other.’
- ‘Would any of the societies be antagonistic to each other?’
- ‘He was rude and antagonistic to my friends, kept picking arguments and was often deliberately provocative, manipulating people into tense arguments.’
- ‘It is deeply rooted in place and profoundly antagonistic to market values.’
- ‘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.’
Relating to an antagonist or its action.
- ‘The arms are an important means of defence of our vulnerable points, including the head, chest, and abdomen, as well as of antagonistic connections to others.’
- ‘It has both agonistic actions and weak opioid antagonistic activity.’
- ‘This is compatible with a genuine antagonistic action of the drugs during their gradual diffusion and washout.’
- ‘Furthermore, an antagonistic effect of added amino acids, such as glutamine, on sucrose-induced GS expression was observed.’
- ‘Such an antagonistic effect of UVA could potentially explain much of the controversy.’
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