antagonistic muscles an·tag·o·nis·tic muscles (ān-tāg’ə-nĭs’tĭk)
Muscles having opposite functions, the contraction of one neutralizing the contraction of the other.
The result is the innervation of antagonistic muscles, by which the impression is intensified.
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acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually. hostile; unfriendly. Historical Examples The county would discuss her antagonistically at a hundred tea-tables. The Pastor’s Wife Elizabeth von Arnim adjective in active opposition mutually opposed adj. 1630s, from antagonist + -ic. Related: Antagonistical (1620s); antagonistically.
to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or of: His speech antagonized many voters. to act in opposition to; oppose. Rare. to act . verb (transitive) to make hostile; annoy or irritate to act in opposition to or counteract v. 1630s, “to compete with,” from Greek antagonizesthai “to struggle against, oppose, be a rival” […]
a person who people, or provokes hostility: The leader was an antagonizer of the peasantry. Compare .
to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or of: His speech antagonized many voters. to act in opposition to; oppose. Rare. to act . Contemporary Examples antagonizing the Clinton administration eventually contributed to Netanyahu’s downfall. Why Bibi Humiliated Biden Martin Indyk March 10, 2010 And all are fearful of ridicule or, worse, antagonizing voters […]