Meaning of ANTAGONIST in English


-_nə̇st noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin antagonista, from Greek antagōnistēs, from antagōnizesthai


a. : one that contends with or opposes another (as in a fight, conflict, or other contest) : opponent , adversary

completely vanquishing his antagonist

b. : the principal opponent or foil of the main character in a drama or narrative

the crook was the antagonist to the detective hero

— opposed to protagonist

2. : an agent that acts in physiological opposition

contact between a tooth and its antagonist in the opposing jaw


a. : a muscle that contracts with and limits the action of an agonist with which it is paired

b. : a drug that opposes the action on the organism of another drug by a physiological, chemical, or competitive mechanism

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