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ANTAGONISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antagonism mean? 

ANTAGONISM (noun)
  The noun ANTAGONISM has 4 senses:

1. a state of deep-seated ill-will
2. the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors
3. an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
4. (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure

  Familiarity information: ANTAGONISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTAGONISM (noun)


Sense 1antagonism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of deep-seated ill-will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

antagonism; enmity; hostility

Hypernyms ("antagonism" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antagonism"):

latent hostility; tension (feelings of hostility that are not manifest)

state of war; war (a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply)

cold war (a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare)

suspicion (the state of being suspected)

Instance hyponyms:

Cold War (a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States)


Sense 2antagonism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The relation between opposing principles or forces or factors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

the inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism

Hypernyms ("antagonism" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


Sense 3antagonism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("antagonism" is a kind of...):

dislike (a feeling of aversion or antipathy)

enmity; hostility; ill will (the feeling of a hostile person)


Sense 4antagonism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("antagonism" is a kind of...):

hinderance; hindrance; interference (the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding)

Domain category:

biochemistry (the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry)


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