WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ag•o•nis•tic  (ag′ə nistik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. combative;
    striving to overcome in argument.
  2. straining for effect:agonistic humor.
  3. Ancient Historyof or pertaining to ancient Greek athletic contests.
  4. Animal Behavior[Ethology.]pertaining to the range of activities associated with aggressive encounters between members of the same species, including threat, attack, appeasement, or retreat.
Also,  ag′o•nisti•cal.  ag′o•nisti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek agōnistikós, equivalent. to agōnist(é̄s) agonist + -ikos -ic
  • 1640–50


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