Definition of antagonism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ænˈtæɡənɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtæɡənɪzəm//
Social justice
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[uncountable, plural] antagonism (to/toward(s) somebody/something) | antagonism (between A and B) feelings of hatred and opposition synonym hostility The antagonism he felt towards his old enemy was still very strong. You could sense the antagonism between them. the racial antagonisms in society See related entries: Social justice Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French antagonisme, from Greek antagōnizesthai ‘struggle against’, from ant- ‘against’ + agōnizesthai ‘struggle’ (from agōn ‘contest’).Extra examples She felt nothing but antagonism towards her boss. The new rules will create a lot of antagonism. an attitude of antagonism to the legal profession her antagonism towards her mother the antagonism between the two brothers Natural antagonisms and rivalries between the communities became worse. The gap between rich and poor is widening and class antagonism is growing.
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