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



BrE BrE//ænˈtæɡənɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtæɡənɪst//
(formal) Elements of a story
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a person who strongly opposes somebody/something synonym opponent He has always been the prime minister’s most formidable antagonist in Parliament. See related entries: Elements of a story Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French antagoniste or late Latin antagonista, from Greek antagōnistēs, from antagōnizesthai ‘struggle against’, from ant- ‘against’ + agōnizesthai ‘struggle’ (from agōn ‘contest’).
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