antagonistic




If you’re antagonistic, you’re hard to get along with. Harmony is not your friend — you prefer hostility and struggle.

If you’re antagonistic to your little brother, you’re always picking on him and giving him a hard time — causing him agony — a word that’s buried in antagonistic. Even drugs or chemicals can be antagonistic: if you take a sleeping pill and then follow it with a few cups of espresso, the interaction is likely to be antagonistic. The sleeping pill and the caffeine struggle against each other and you’re not likely to get much sleep.

Definitions of antagonistic
  1. adjective

    characterized by antagonism or antipathy

    “slaves
    antagonistic to their masters”
    synonyms:
    adversarial, antipathetic, antipathetical

    hostile

    characterized by enmity or ill will
  2. adjective

    incapable of harmonious association

    Synonyms:

    incompatible

    not compatible
  3. adjective

    arousing animosity or hostility

    “his
    antagonistic brusqueness”
    “Europe was
    antagonistic to the Unites States”
    Synonyms:

    alienating

    causing hostility or loss of friendliness
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    Antonyms:

    conciliative, conciliatory

    intended to placate
    appeasing, placating, placative, placatory

    intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions
    pacific

    promoting peace
    propitiative, propitiatory

    intended to reconcile or appease
    soft

    willing to negotiate and compromise
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  4. adjective

    indicating opposition or resistance

    synonyms:
    counter

    negative

    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
  5. adjective

    used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other’s effect

    synonyms:
    incompatible

    antacid

    acting to neutralize acid (especially in the stomach)
    antiphlogistic

    counteracting inflammation
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    Antonyms:

    interactive, synergistic

    used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more)

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