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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [an-tag-uh-nist]
    • /ænˈtæg ə nɪst/
    • /ænˈtæɡ.ə.nɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [an-tag-uh-nist]
    • /ænˈtæg ə nɪst/

Definitions of antagonist word

  • countable noun antagonist Your antagonist is your opponent or enemy. 3
  • noun antagonist an opponent or adversary, as in a contest, drama, sporting event, etc 3
  • noun antagonist any muscle that opposes the action of another 3
  • noun antagonist a drug that counteracts the effects of another drug 3
  • noun antagonist a person who opposes or competes with another; adversary; opponent 3
  • noun antagonist a muscle, drug, etc. that acts in opposition to or counteracts another 3

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Origin of antagonist

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Late Latin antagōnista < Greek antagōnistḗs. See antagonize, -ist

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Parts of speech for Antagonist


antagonist popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

antagonist usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for antagonist

noun antagonist

  • foe — a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy: a bitter foe.
  • adversary — Your adversary is someone you are competing with, or arguing or fighting against.
  • opposer — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
  • competitor — A company's competitors are companies who are trying to sell similar goods or services to the same people.
  • rival — a person who is competing for the same object or goal as another, or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.

Antonyms for antagonist

noun antagonist

  • ally — A country's ally is another country that has an agreement to support it, especially in war.
  • assistant — Assistant is used in front of titles or jobs to indicate a slightly lower rank. For example, an assistant director is one rank lower than a director in an organization.
  • helper — a person or thing that helps or gives assistance, support, etc.
  • associate — If you associate someone or something with another thing, the two are connected in your mind.
  • protagonist — the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.

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