Meaning of ANTAGONIST in English


/an tag"euh nist/ , n.

1. a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.

2. the adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work: Iago is the antagonist of Othello.

3. Physiol. a muscle that acts in opposition to another. Cf. agonist (def. 3).

4. Dentistry. a tooth in one jaw that articulates during mastication or occlusion with a tooth in the opposing jaw.

5. Pharm. a drug that counteracts the effects of another drug.

[ 1590-1600; antagonista antagonistés. See ANTAGONIZE, -IST ]

Syn. 1. contestant, enemy, foe. See adversary .

Ant. 1. ally, friend.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .