antagonism antagonism  /æn ˈtæ ɡə ˌnɪ zəm/


  1. (n) a state of deep-seated ill-will
  2. (n) the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors
  3. (n) an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
  4. (n) (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure


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  1. The origins of this antagonism are centuries old.
  2. At some point the political antagonism tilted into the personal.
  3. But, sad to say, there's been a lot of antagonism between medical personnel and clergy in sub-Saharan Africa.


  1. Anti-Bike Crusader Dorothy Rabinowitz Will Not Be Silenced

    After taking a reasonable amount of heat from reasonable people for her delusional rant against the "dreadful," "totalitarian," "all-powerful" "bike lobby," Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz has bravely stood up again against the "antagonism."
    on June 8, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

  2. Reason Comes to China-EU Solar Clash

    After more than a year of antagonism, I’m happy to see that the voice of reason finally seems to be coming to the ongoing clash between China and the west in their prolonged dispute over Beijing’s state support for its solar panel sector. Germany seems to be the driving force behind this welcome change in tone, following German Chancellor Angela Me
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Renewable Energy World


  1. Sept. 1, 2009 | "We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace: business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering," President Franklin Roosevelt told an audience in Madison Square...
    on Aug 31, 2009 By: Franklin D Roosevelt Source: Salon

  2. "Faced with the government's policies of antagonism, we are proposing policies of agreement and consensus," said Lauurence Castro, a 26-year-old student at the University of the Andes in the city of Merida. "People are tired of so much...
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Fidel Castro Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. BRITAIN'S WWII prime minister Winston Churchill argued that Jewish people were "partly responsible for the antagonism from which they suffer" in an article publicised for the first time tomorrow.
    on Mar 10, 2007 By: Winston Churchill Source:

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