agonistic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀγωνιστικός (agōnistikós).

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Adjective[edit]

agonistic (comparative more agonistic, superlative most agonistic)

  1. Of or relating to contests that were originally participated in by the Ancient Greeks; athletic.
  2. (zoology, anthropology) Characterised by conflict or hostility.
    • 2006, Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation, Atlantic Books 2007, p. 66:
      This was clearly such an event, but like the ancient religion of Israel, it was also deeply agonistic.
  3. (rhetoric) Argumentative, combative.
  4. (pharmacology) Pertaining to an agonist.

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