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ænˈtæg ə nɪstan·tag·o·nist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resisternoun

    someone who offers opposition

  2. antagonistnoun

    a muscle that relaxes while another contracts

    "when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist"

  3. antagonistnoun

    a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug


  1. antagonistnoun

    An opponent or enemy.

  2. antagonistnoun

    One who antagonizes or stirs.

  3. antagonistnoun

    The main character or force opposing the protagonist in a literary work or drama.

  4. Etymology: From antagonista, from (ἀντί + ἀγωνιστής), from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Antagonistnoun

    Etymology: ἀντὶ and ἀγωίνζω.

    Our antagonists in these controversies may have met with some not unlike to Ithacius. Richard Hooker, Dedication.

    What was set before him,
    To heave, pull, draw, and break, he still perform’d,
    None daring to appear antagonist. John Milton, Sampson Agon.

    Is it not fit, that the history of a person should appear, till the prejudice both of his antagonists and adherents be softened and subdued. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 35.

    The short club consists of those who are under five feet; ours is to be composed of such as are above six. These we look upon as the two extremes and antagonists of the species; considering all these as neuters, who fill up the middle space. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 108.

    A relaxation of a muscle must produce a spasm in its antagonist, because the equilibrium is destroyed. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antagonistnoun

    one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; an opponent

  2. Antagonistnoun

    a muscle which acts in opposition to another; as a flexor, which bends a part, is the antagonist of an extensor, which extends it

  3. Antagonistnoun

    a medicine which opposes the action of another medicine or of a poison when absorbed into the blood or tissues

  4. Antagonistadjective

    antagonistic; opposing; counteracting; as, antagonist schools of philosophy


  1. Antagonist

    An antagonist is a character, group of characters, or institution that represents the opposition against which the protagonist must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who oppose the main character. In the classic style of stories wherein the action consists of a hero fighting a villain/enemy, the two can be regarded as protagonist and antagonist, respectively. The antagonist may also represent a major threat or obstacle to the main character by their very existence, without necessarily deliberately targeting him or her. Examples in both film and theatre include Sauron, the main antagonist in The Lord of the Rings, who constantly battles the series' protagonists, and Tybalt, an antagonist in Romeo and Juliet, who slays Mercutio and whose later death results in the exiling of the play's protagonist, Romeo. A convention of the antagonist in a story is that their moral choices are less savoury than those of the protagonist. This is often used by an author to create conflict within a story. However, this is merely a convention and the reversal of this can be seen in the character Macduff from Macbeth, who is arguably morally correct in his desire to fight the tyrant Macbeth.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antagonist in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antagonist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of antagonist in a Sentence

  1. General Boykin:

    It makes me even more determined that I’m going to do everything I can to stop men from going into bathrooms with my daughters, my wife and my granddaughters, i am going to be a very outspoken antagonist on this issue.

  2. Edmund Burke:

    He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist in our helper.

  3. Epictetus:

    Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.

  4. Van Der Beek:

    I dont vote by color. I believe each issue deserves its own consideration outside of the team politics in Washington that is currently preventing our government from serving us efficiently, our mainstream news sources, and representatives in Congress act along party lines like a bunch of antagonist sheep. We have to do better than that.

  5. Richard Brinsley Sheridan:

    When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
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