agonistic

agonistic

[ag-uh-nis-tik]
adjective
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 associated with aggressive encounters between members of the same species, including threat, attack, appeasement, or retreat.
Also, agonistical.


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek agōnistikós, equivalent to agōnist(ḗs) agonist + -ikos -ic

agonistically, adverb
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agonistic (ˌæɡəˈnɪstɪk)
 
adj
1.  striving for effect; strained
2.  eager to win in discussion or argument; competitive
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek agōnistikos, from agōn contest]

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