AskDefine | Define antagonism

Dictionary Definition



1 a state of deep-seated ill-will [syn: hostility, enmity]
2 the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors; "the inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism"
3 an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
4 (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a strong natural dislike or hatred; antipathy


  • Croatian: antagonizam
  • German: Antagonismus

Extensive Definition

Antagonism is hostility that results in active resistance, opposition, or contentiousness.
Additionally, it may refer to:
antagonism in German: Antagonismus
antagonism in Korean: Antagonism
antagonism in Portuguese: antagonismo
antagonism in Russian: Антагонизм

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abhorrence, abomination, aggression, aggressiveness, allergy, animosity, animus, annulling, antipathy, antithesis, argumentation, aversion, backlash, bad blood, bellicism, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, chauvinism, clash, clashing, cold sweat, collision, combativeness, competition, con, conflict, confrontation, confutation, contention, contentiousness, contradiction, contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety, contrariness, contrast, controversy, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, crankiness, creeping flesh, cross-purposes, crotchetiness, despitefulness, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy, disgust, disharmony, disparity, dissension, dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, divergence, diversity, enmity, faction, ferocity, fierceness, fight, fractiousness, friction, hate, hatred, horror, hostility, inaccordance, incongruity, inconsistency, inequality, inimicalness, interference, jarring, jingoism, kick, loathing, malevolence, malice, malignity, martialism, militancy, militarism, mortal horror, nausea, negation, negativeness, nonconformity, noncooperation, nullification, obstinacy, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, perverseness, perversity, polarity, pugnaciousness, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, rancor, reaction, recalcitrance, recoil, refractoriness, renitency, repercussion, repugnance, repulsion, resistance, revolt, rivalry, saber rattling, showdown, shuddering, spite, spitefulness, strife, swimming upstream, truculence, uncooperativeness, unfriendliness, unharmoniousness, unpeacefulness, variance, vying, warmongering, warpath, withstanding
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