V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an opponent

Synonyms: opponent, adversary, enemy, foe, competitor, counterpart

Antonyms: protagonist, hero, friend, ally

Tips: Antagonist is a more sophisticated way of saying "opponent." In the body, an antagonist is a muscle that relaxes while another muscle contracts (opposing muscle), while in pharmacology, an antagonist is a drug or substances that neutralizes the effects of a different substance. The related verb antagonize means "to provoke hostility" or "act in opposition to someone." The opposite of antagonist is protagonist. A protagonist is a supporter of a cause, and in literature, usually refers to a hero.

Usage Examples:

In traditional story lines, the antagonist is eventually brought down by the protagonist. (adversary, foe)

My boss sometimes acts like my antagonist rather than my ally. (opponent, adversary)

I felt sympathetic toward the antagonist in the movie, because he was depicted as a multi-layered human being, not just a "bad guy." (foe, adversary)

She purposely antagonized me to make me lose my temper. (opposed, angered) verb

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