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Definition someone who offers opposition or is hostile

Specialized Definitions of antagonist:
  • literature or storytelling:  the most important character who opposes the main character or protagonist
  • physiology:  a muscle that relaxes when another muscle contracts
  • chemistry and biology:  a substance that interferes with the effect of another substance
  • In the movie, Star Wars, Darth Vader is the antagonist to Luke Skywalker.
antagonist = enemy
  • In the book, Harry Potter, Voldemort is Harry's antagonist.
  • antagonist = enemy
  • Franklin regarded nature as an antagonist that would inevitably submit to force, good breeding, and Victorian discipline.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • antagonist = someone who offers opposition
  • 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
  • antagonistic = hostile
  • He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
    Edmund Burke
  • But the blows of the antagonist began to grow more weak.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • In such case he played the Game, and the goal of the Game was to down an antagonist and keep that antagonist down for a space of ten seconds.
    London, Jack  --  The Game
  • I was convinced that man's strongest antagonist is the cold.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • On the ground, children from Devil's Row closed in on their antagonist.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Presently, after moving, he leaned back and gazed with a curious abstraction at his antagonist.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • ...he offered himself as his antagonist at backgammon.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • when bending the elbow the triceps are the antagonist
  • The roads confound him; they've knotted up, dark, antagonistic; he pits himself against them, valiant, a man doing battle for love.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • 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
  • Because it made Colonel Julyan antagonistic, it put him on our side.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Ruth liked the antagonistic little dogs, who barked ardently as she passed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • You must believe me when I say not all among the Circle are so antagonistic as Thomas.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • He shrugged, openly antagonistic now, provoking her purposely, she suspected.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Yet they didn't seem overly antagonistic, despite the hour.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • 'You're antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated or deceived.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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