antagonist antagonist  /æn ˈtæ ɡə nəst/


  1. (n) someone who offers opposition
  2. (n) a muscle that relaxes while another contracts
  3. (n) a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug




  1. Many offensive-smelling commodities are marketed at present with their natural odors neutralized by an odor antagonist.
  2. May homeless children have no less ferocious an adoptive mother; may extraterrestrial predators meet no less resourceful an antagonist.
  3. A crowd gathered, and another stranger interceded, punching Au's antagonist in the nose and drawing blood.


  1. Boston Celtics' 10 Most Hated Opponents in Team History

    The Boston Celtics are the most decorated franchise in NBA history with 17 championship banners, and they have picked up plenty of enemies along the way.  From the Russell-Wilt rivalry to the Bad Boy Pistons to Kobe Bryant , every great era of Celtics basketball has had its antagonists.  The athletes and coaches on this list possessed varying characteristics and degrees of irritation, but they ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Can Bolland Step Up His Game as Cup Final Nears?

    Dave Bolland has gone from being Chief Antagonist in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs to Chief Absentee in 2013. Can he rediscover his old playoff magic? Photo Credit: Getty Images
    on June 11, 2013     Source: NBC Chicago

  3. Torture is always wrong, illegal

    Recently, I reread George Orwell’s “1984.” Part 3 contains a relevant dialogue between the protagonist, Winston, and the antagonist, O’Brien. At the time, O’Brien is torturing Winston.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Journal News


  1. "We have started a dialogue, as a result of Secretary Gates' visit, that hopefully will make explicit our intentions, and hopefully will present an opportunity to share with the Russians so that they don't see us as an antagonist force, but see us...
    on Apr 30, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Forbes

  2. Shivdasani, who also played the villain in 'Speed' and 'Jane Hoga Kya', says it is "disappointing that I did not get the right role, the right script and the right director," to explore his acting talent. "Playing the antagonist gives me a...
    on Aug 25, 2009 By: Aaftab Shivdasani Source: Press Trust of India

  3. John McCain's team issued a statement the Arizona senator made last April: "Hugo Chavez is using his country's oil revenues to establish a dictatorship, bully his neighbors and succeed Castro as Latin America' leading antagonist of the United...
    on Mar 5, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

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