Agonistical
Agonistic Ag`o*nis"tic, Agonistical Ag`o*nis"tic*al, a. [Gr. ?. See {Agonism}.] Pertaining to violent contests, bodily or mental; pertaining to athletic or polemic feats; athletic; combative; hence, strained; unnatural. [1913 Webster]

As a scholar, he [Dr. Parr] was brilliant, but he consumed his power in agonistic displays. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • agonistical — adjective a) Striving to overcome in argument; combative. b) Struggling to achieve effect; strained and contrived …   Wiktionary

  • agonistical — adj. argumentative; strenuous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • agonistical — ag·o·nis·ti·cal …   English syllables

  • agonistical — adjective striving to overcome in argument a dialectical and agonistic approach • Syn: ↑agonistic, ↑combative • Similar to: ↑competitive, ↑competitory • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Agonistic — Ag o*nis tic, Agonistical Ag o*nis tic*al, a. [Gr. ?. See {Agonism}.] Pertaining to violent contests, bodily or mental; pertaining to athletic or polemic feats; athletic; combative; hence, strained; unnatural. [1913 Webster] As a scholar, he [Dr …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agonistic — agonistically, adv. /ag euh nis tik/, adj. 1. combative; striving to overcome in argument. 2. straining for effect: agonistic humor. 3. of or pertaining to ancient Greek athletic contests. 4. Ethology. pertaining to the range of activities… …   Universalium

  • agonistics — noun The range of activities associated with aggressive encounters between members of the same species, including threat, attack, appeasement, or retreat. See Also: agonist, agonistic …   Wiktionary

  • agonistic — /ægəˈnɪstɪk/ (say aguh nistik) adjective 1. combative; striving to overcome in argument. 2. aiming at effect; strained. 3. relating to contests. Also, agonistical. {Greek agōnistikos fit for contest} –agonistically, adverb –agonistics, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • agonistic — [ag΄ə nis′tik] adj. [Gr agōnistikos, fit for contest < agōn, AGON] 1. of ancient Greek athletic contests 2. combative 3. strained for effect: Also agonistical agonistically adv …   English World dictionary

  • competitory — adjective involving competition or competitiveness competitive games to improve one s competitive position • Syn: ↑competitive • Ant: ↑noncompetitive (for: ↑competitive) …   Useful english dictionary

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