Agonistic



combative; striving to overcome in argument.
straining for effect:
agonistic humor.
of or relating to ancient Greek athletic contests.
Ethology. pertaining to the range of activities associated with aggressive encounters between members of the same species, including threat, attack, appeasement, or retreat.
Historical Examples

Moreover, most of the burrows were only a few feet apart and no agonistic behavior was witnessed.
Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula Erwin E. Klaas

These actions have been emancipated from incomplete take-offs and incorporated in ritualized courtship and agonistic behavior.
Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon Jon C. Barlow

According to Aristotle himself, therefore, the Dialectician is agonistic and eristic, just as much as the Sophist.
Aristotle George Grote

adjective
striving for effect; strained
eager to win in discussion or argument; competitive

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