Share this entry

antagonism Line breaks: an|tag¦on|ism
Pronunciation: /anˈtaɡ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/

Definition of antagonism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Active hostility or opposition: the antagonism between them his antagonism towards the local people [count noun]: petty antagonisms and jealousies
More example sentences
  • And there often is an assumption that it is about hostility or antagonism between men and women.
  • The symbolic separation and opposition aside, the personal antagonism between the two men is not imagined by the media.
  • The petty point-scoring highlights the deepening antagonism between the rivals.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Definition of antagonism in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words