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She is my forever antagonist.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  someone who offers opposition or is hostile
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Strongly Associated with:   antagonism, protagonist
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  • She is my forever antagonist.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • They could have done him no real harm, of course, but the shock and pain of having a number of his toes nipped simultaneously by an unknown antagonist must have been considerable.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Try to be a little less antagonistic.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Plus, support groups get a little antagonistic when you don’t talk.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • If he did, I promised myself, he would be facing an antagonist crazed with fear, a desire to live, and carrying a baseball bat that would remove heads if the occasion required.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I set down most of it here: Son, ten days ago my dear friend and political & philosophical antagonist Frank Hobbs dropped dead at his office in the shipyard.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jamie and his original antagonist were still hammering each other earnestly in the middle of the floor, but the Jamie-backers amongst the spectators were already collecting their winnings.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • From the beginning of history, the two antagonists have stood face to face: the creator and the second-hander.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then turning to Mr. Bennet, he offered himself as his antagonist at backgammon.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Ruth liked the antagonistic little dogs, who barked ardently as she passed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • Franklin regarded nature as an antagonist that would inevitably submit to force, good breeding, and Victorian discipline.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The antagonists stood forty paces apart at the farther edge of the clearing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Because it made Colonel Julyan antagonistic, it put him on our side.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • So their self-denial, their purposefulness, their suspicion of all vain pursuits, their hard-handed justice were altogether perfect instruments for the conquest of this space so antagonistic to man.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • This brief direction to Charley Bates, and his recent antagonist, was softly and immediately obeyed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ’You’re antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated or deceived.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This sort of thing has been happening to others in my faction for months now—the Erudite have been releasing antagonistic reports about Abnegation, and it has begun to affect the way we relate at school.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when you call to-morrow.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • As for his antagonists, they seemed much agitated; not so much by the value of their stake, as because they had some scruples about betting under conditions so difficult to their friend.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • What strength had I to dart retaliation at my antagonist?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Well, why didn’t you say so?" I mean, that’s how antagonistic she was.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Curly rushed her antagonist, who struck again and leaped aside.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • A dim impulse, like the recoil of an antagonist, made her want to check on what strength was left to her.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It gave him a tremendous advantage over his antagonists.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The battery was disputing with a distant antagonist and the gunners were wrapped in admiration of their shooting.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • They were antagonistic.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The calm impudence of his antagonist had evidently thrown him off his usual balance.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I give you notice—You will find me a formidable antagonist on that point.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • With ready skill, Hawkeye and his antagonist each grasped that uplifted arm of the other which held the dangerous knife.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Not just unwilling to change, but antagonistic to the very idea of change.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Jacob dropped the antagonistic facade completely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I was convinced that man’s strongest antagonist is the cold.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Their relationship was as antagonistic as ever; the only thing they agreed on now was that I should be kept away from my baby until I was one hundred percent recovered from my temper tantrum.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • They parleyed briskly for a moment—then Barban nodded and bowed coldly to his late antagonist.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And meanwhile the military and naval authorities, now fully alive to the tremendous power of their antagonists, worked with furious energy.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The street, the children, the fruit vender, the flowers growing there under her eyes, were all part and parcel of an alien world which had suddenly become antagonistic.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • A few were antagonistic and openly so; like Ammu they saw their share of the food shrinking with each additional mouth.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He turned to confront his antagonist, and behold, there stood his old master’s next door neighbor!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • With what antagonistic sentiments were his subsequent reflections affected?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then came a mighty effort, and the Invisible Man threw off a couple of his antagonists and rose to his knees.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The Akhaian antagonists of The Iliad, Agamemnon and Akhilleus, are here reconciled among the dead, and as The Iliad closed with Hektor’s funeral, The Odyssey does not come to a close until the funeral of Akhilleus has been described.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Once word got out about his acceptance, he noticed a grimness start to come over his antagonists in the halls.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Piotr flew off; and while he was running for a droshky, the two antagonists sat on the ground and said nothing.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The strange, upheaving, lifting tendency of the taffrail breeze filling the hollows of so many sails, made the buoyant, hovering deck to feel like air beneath the feet; while still she rushed along, as if two antagonistic influences were struggling in her—one to mount direct to heaven, the other to drive yawingly to some horizontal goal.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Yes, he is a terrible antagonist.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Here would be Sir Gawaine sitting on his antagonist’s chest, and finishing him off, through the ventails of his helm, with the long sharp poinard called the Mercy of God.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And again she felt alone in the presence of her old antagonist, life.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Miriam and her brother were naturally antagonistic.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I say that, on that day, each knight ran three courses, and cast to the ground three antagonists.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • On the ground, children from Devil’s Row closed in on their antagonist.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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Associated words [difficulty]:   antagonist [3] , antagonism [4] , protagonist [4] , protagonist [4]
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