Definition of Antagonism

1. Noun. A state of deep-seated ill-will.

Exact synonyms: Enmity, Hostility
Generic synonyms: State
Specialized synonyms: Latent Hostility, Tension, State Of War, War, Cold War, Suspicion
Specialized synonyms: Cold War
Derivative terms: Antagonise, Antagonist, Antagonistic, Antagonistic, Antagonize, Inimical

2. Noun. The relation between opposing principles or forces or factors. "The inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism"
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition
Derivative terms: Antagonise, Antagonist, Antagonistic, Antagonistic

3. Noun. An actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility.
Generic synonyms: Dislike, Enmity, Hostility, Ill Will
Derivative terms: Antagonise, Antagonist, Antagonistic, Antagonize

4. Noun. (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure.
Generic synonyms: Hinderance, Hindrance, Interference
Category relationships: Biochemistry
Derivative terms: Antagonist, Antagonistic

Definition of Antagonism

1. n. Opposition of action; counteraction or contrariety of things or principles.

Definition of Antagonism

1. Noun. A strong natural dislike or hatred; antipathy. ¹

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Definition of Antagonism

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Medical Definition of Antagonism

1. An interaction between chemicals in which one partially or completelyinhibits the effect of the other (for example, a drug that blocks a hormone's receptor site would be a hormone antagonist). (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Antagonism

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1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1875)
""That the extent of physiological antagonism between the two substances is so far limited, that (1) a very large fatal dose of ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1916)
"A DYNAMICAL THEORY OF antagonism. BY WJV OSTERHOUT. (Read April 14, 1916.) When toxic substances act as antidotes to each other we ct*.l this action ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"The antagonism between Russia and Turkey was, and remains to this day, ... This antagonism is deep-rooted and quite exceptionally wide-spread among the ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1873)
"Report on the antagonism behveen the Action of Active Substances. By THOMAS R. FRÄSER, MD, Secretary to the Committee, consisting of Sir R. ..."

5. The Reign of Law by George Douglas Campbell Argyll (1873)
"The antagonism which was and still is so often assumed between Natural Law and Human Law, or in other words between Natural Law and Positive Institution, ..."

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