What does antagonist mean?

Definitions for antagonistænˈtæg ə nɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister(noun)

    someone who offers opposition

  2. antagonist(noun)

    a muscle that relaxes while another contracts

    "when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist"

  3. antagonist(noun)

    a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug


  1. antagonist(Noun)

    An opponent or enemy.

  2. antagonist(Noun)

    One who antagonizes or stirs.

  3. antagonist(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antagonist(noun)

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

  2. Antagonist(noun)

    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. Antagonist(noun)

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

  4. Antagonist(adj)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edmund Burke:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    Vladimir Putin's Russia behaves ... in some respects and in very important respects, as an antagonist, that is new. That is something, therefore, that we need to adjust to and counter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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