Definition of antagonism in English:

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antagonism

Pronunciation: /anˈtaɡ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/

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
hostility, friction, enmity, antipathy, animus, opposition, dissension, rivalry, feud, conflict, discord, contention;
acrimony, bitterness, rancour, resentment, aversion, dislike, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad blood, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, abhorrence, odium;
malice, spite, spitefulness, venom, malevolence, malignity;
grudges, grievances
British informal needle
archaic disrelish

Origin

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

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