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antagonism

an·tag·o·nism

antagonism

pronunciation:
aen tae g nih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state of being opposed; hostility.
There had always been antagonism between the two men, so few were surprised that they had finally come to blows.The issue of the property line sparked antagonism between the neighbors.
synonyms:
animosity, animus, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill will, inimicality
antonyms:
comity, rapport
similar words:
conflict, contention, contrariety, detestation, discord, friction, hatred, opposition, rivalry, strife, war
definition 2: an opposing force, attitude, or principle.
There is always some antagonism toward radical ideas.
synonyms:
opposition
similar words:
animosity, competition, contrariety, hostility