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agonistic

[ag-uh-nis-tik] /ˌæg əˈnɪs tɪk/
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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Greek agōnistikós, equivalent to agōnist(ḗs) agonist + -ikos -ic
Related forms
agonistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for agonistical

agonistic

/ˌæɡəˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
striving for effect; strained
2.
eager to win in discussion or argument; competitive
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek agōnistikos, from agōn contest
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