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Synonyms for antagonist
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  1. antagonistnoun

    protagonist, agonist

  2. antagonistnoun

    agonist, protagonist

  3. antagonistnoun

    agonist, protagonist

  4. antagonistnoun

    agonist, protagonist

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. antagonist

    An enemy in private life is one who is moved by hostile feeling with active disposition to injure; but in military language all who fight on the opposite side are called enemies or collectively "the enemy," where no personal animosity may be implied; foe, which is rather a poetical and literary word, implies intensely hostile spirit and purpose. An antagonist is one who opposes and is opposed actively and with intensity of effort; an opponent, one in whom the attitude of resistance is the more prominent; a competitor, one who seeks the same object for which another is striving; antagonists in wrestling, competitors in business, opponents in debate may contend with no personal ill will; rivals in love, ambition, etc., rarely avoid inimical feeling. Adversary was formerly much used in the general sense of antagonist or opponent, but is now less common, and largely restricted to the hostile sense; an adversary is ordinarily one who not only opposes another in fact, but does so with hostile spirit, or perhaps out of pure malignity; as, the great Adversary. Compare synonyms for AMBITION.

    adversary, competitor, enemy, foe, opponent, rival

    abettor, accessory, accomplice, ally, friend, helper, supporter

    He was the enemy of my friend in the contest.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. antagonist

    adversary, opponent, rival, competitor, foe, enemy

    aider, abettor, accomplice, accessory, ally

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resisternoun

    someone who offers opposition

    obstructionist, opposer, obstructer, obstructor, opposite, adversary, opposition, opponent, thwarter, resister

    agonist, synergist

  2. antagonistnoun

    a muscle that relaxes while another contracts

    "when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist"

    opposer, adversary, opponent, resister

    agonist, synergist

  3. antagonistnoun

    a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug

    opposer, adversary, opponent, resister

    agonist, synergist

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. antagonistnoun

    opponent, adversary, rival, competitor, enemy, foe, adverse party

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. antagonistnoun

    opponent, foe, adversary, assailant, rival, foeman

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "antagonist":

    antagonistic, adversarial

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. antagonist

    Pharmacology Antagonist medication

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How to use antagonist in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    One of the biggest mistakes of the negotiations is your interfere with your antagonist when he is making a mistake.

  3. Edmund Burke:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Van Der Beek:

    I dont vote by color. I believe each issue deserves its own consideration outside of the team politics in Washington that is currently preventing our government from serving us efficiently, our mainstream news sources, and representatives in Congress act along party lines like a bunch of antagonist sheep. We have to do better than that.

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