Antagonist (noun)

  1. A person or group who is opposed to, competes with, or tries to harm or defeat another.
  2. A muscle that acts in opposition to another, especially one that relaxes while the other contracts.


Late 16th century: via latin from greek antagōnistēs, from ant- 'against' + agōnistēs 'competitor'.


  1. The hero of the story is fighting against the antagonist, who is trying to take over the kingdom.
  2. In a tennis match, the two players are antagonists competing against each other.
  3. The antagonist in the play was a deceitful and manipulative character.
  4. The antagonist muscle helps to control movement and maintain balance.
  5. In a political context, the two major parties may be seen as antagonists with opposing ideologies.
Some random words: poppet, expressible, contract