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Definitions of antagonist

  1. a muscle that relaxes while another contracts; "when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. One who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; an opponent. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A muscle which acts in opposition to another; as a flexor, which bends a part, is the antagonist of an extensor, which extends it. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A medicine which opposes the action of another medicine or of a poison when absorbed into the blood or tissues. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A competitor; one who contends with another; an opponent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. One who contends or struggles with another: an opponent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. An adversary; opponent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. One who contends or strives with another; an opponent. A muscle which acts in opposition to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. One who contends with another; an opponent; an enemy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Antagonistic; opposing; counteracting; as, antagonist schools of philosophy. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Counteracting; opposing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for antagonist

  1. The lion had conquered his antagonist when another dog, the brother of the conquered one, broke away from his chain, attacked the lion, and with the help of the wounded dog, vanquished him. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. The frenzy of the skipper as Ted assisted him to his feet and he saw his antagonist struggling in the arms of the crew was terrible to behold. – Light Freights, Complete by W. W. Jacobs
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