Definition of antagonism in English:


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


[mass noun]
Active hostility or opposition: the antagonism between them his antagonism towards the local people [count noun]: petty antagonisms and jealousies
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  • 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.
hostility, friction, enmity, antipathy, animus, opposition, dissension, rivalry, feud, conflict, discord, contention;
British informal needle
archaic disrelish


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

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