antagonism, n. 1. hostility, animosity, animus, hatred, enmity, ill will; antipathy, inimicalness, inimi-cality, unfriendliness.
2. opposition, oppugnancy, counterpressure, contrariety, antithesis, contradiction; conflict, rivalry, competition, Obs. emulation,
antagonist, n. enemy, foe, adversary, opponent, op-poser; disputant, rival, vier; competitor, contender, contestant.
antagonistic, adj. 1. opposing, opposed, adverse, antithetic, antithetical, oppugnant, counteractive, repugnant, thwarting; disputative, disputatious, contentious, argumentative, quarrelsome; rival, rivaling, competing, contrary, contradictory, renitent; discordant, dissonant, disharmonious, incongruous; disagreeing, incompatible, uncongenial, at odds.
2. hostile, antipathetic, inimical, unfriendly, at variance, on bad terms, on the outs; belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, up in arms,
antagonize, v. 1. embitter, set against, alienate, estrange, disaffect.
2. oppose, dispute, contradict, counteract, be contrary to, turn against, turn upon; rival, compete with, vie; oppugn, struggle with, contend with, go up against.
3. annoy, irritate, pester, anger. See - annoy, antecede, v. 1. precede, come or go before, come first, go ahead of, go in advance; lead, head, Inf. head up, front.
2. outrank, outstrip, rate, have precedence.
3. usher in, herald, proclaim, announce, introduce; presage, anticipate; predate, antedate.
antecedence, n. precedence, precession, anteposition; priority, preference, preeminence; preexistence, anteriority, earliness, previousness.
antecedent, adj. 1. preceding, precedent, preven-ient, preliminary, anterior, forerunning, foregoing; earlier, former, preexistent; aforesaid, aforementioned. -n. 2. precursor, forerunner, front or lead runner; harbinger, herald, announcer, messenger, vaunt-courier.
3. antecedents a. ancestors, predecessors, antecessors, forefathers, fathers, progenitors, primogenitors,
b. history, record, family history or record; ancestry, family, family tree, lineage, genealogy, stock, line, pedigree, house,
antedate, v. 1. (all with reference to age or time) antecede, forerun, forego, precede, come or go before, come first.
2. anachronize, misdate, mistime, foredate, postdate; date back, backdate, assign to an earlier or previous date.
3. accelerate, precipitate, speed, speed up, hurry, hurry up, hasten, rush.
4. anticipate, foretaste, forestall.
antediluvian, adj. 1. primeval, primal, prehistoric, preglacial, preadamic, Noachian, Noachic, Noachical; eolithic, Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, before the Flood or Deluge; primary, prime, pristine, early, earliest, initial, first; autochthonal, autochthonous, aboriginal.
2. antiquated, antique, fossilized, fossil-like, ancient, archaic; superannuated, oldest, age-old, immemorial, old, old as the hills, time worn, elderly, aged; atavistic, old-fashioned, old-fogyish, old-time, bygone, unmodern, quaint, old-world; out-of-date, outmoded, passe, obsolescent, obsolete.
3. primitive, primordial, primigenial, elementary, simple, uncomplicated; rudimentary, rudimental, embryonic, undeveloped; crude, unrefined, coarse, rough, unpolished; uncivilized, barbaric. -n. 4. prehistoric man, Cro-Magnon, preadamite, cave man, ape-man, pithecanthrope, troglodyte; primitive, autochthon, aboriginal, Australian Inf.