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English Dictionary: agonistic by the DICT Development Group
2 results for agonistic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
agonistic
adj
  1. of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece
  2. striving to overcome in argument; "a dialectical and agonistic approach"
    Synonym(s): agonistic, agonistical, combative
  3. struggling for effect; "agonistic poses"
    Synonym(s): agonistic, strained
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
  
               As a scholar, he [Dr. Parr] was brilliant, but he
               consumed his power in agonistic displays. --De Quincey.
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