Definition of Antagonist

1. Noun. Someone who offers opposition.




2. Noun. A muscle that relaxes while another contracts. "When bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist"
Generic synonyms: Antagonistic Muscle
Derivative terms: Antagonistic

3. Noun. A drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug.
Generic synonyms: Drug
Specialized synonyms: Estrogen Antagonist, Tamoxifen, Narcotic Antagonist
Derivative terms: Antagonism, Antagonistic
Antonyms: Synergist

Definition of Antagonist

1. n. One who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; an opponent.

2. a. Antagonistic; opposing; counteracting; as, antagonist schools of philosophy.

Definition of Antagonist

1. Noun. An opponent or enemy. ¹

2. Noun. One who antagonizes or stirs. ¹

3. Noun. (biochemistry) A chemical that binds to a receptor but does not produce a physiological response, blocking the action of agonist chemicals. ¹

4. Noun. The main character or force opposing the protagonist in a literary work or drama. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Antagonist

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Medical Definition of Antagonist

1. A substance that tends to nullify the action of another, as a drug that binds to a cell receptor without eliciting a biological response. Origin: Gr. Antagonistes = an opponent (18 Nov 1997)

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Literary usage of Antagonist

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1. The Life of Benjamin Franklin: With Many Choice Anecdotes and Admirable by Mason Locke Weems (1822)
"... that Ben was in a fair way to crow over his antagonist; but, Collins was a young man of too much pride and talents to give up so easily. ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1892)
"... produced in 1631-2 a contemporary letter-writer recorded that Jonson was discarded ' by reason of the predominant power of his antagonist, IƱigo Jones, ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"Yet the sharp conflict has usefully exercised the adverse powers of learning and genius ; and each antagonist, alternately vanquished and victorious, ..."

4. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"Then come the Grand Turk, the gallant knight, St George, and the latter's antagonist, the A PARTY OF MUMMERS. devouring dragon. ..."

5. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1896)
"Thenceforward Will- <am was the most determined and dangerous antagonist of Louis, and the moving spirit of the coalitions ..."

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