1. striving to overcome in argument
    a dialectical and agonistic approach
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How To Use agonistical In A Sentence

  • Yet, while he crafts himself as a colonial administrator, he simultaneously comes to be critical of the discourses and practices that surround him, becoming agonistically positioned by urges towards a welfarist (though not necessarily humanitarian) system of government which the financially strained central government will not allow.
  • A volume might be filled with literary judgments by him as antagonistical and inconsistent as the sharpest antitheses. International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850
  • It must interpose likewise in the matter of industry, and exclude that antagonistical principle of competition -- the poisoned fount of so much virulence, violence and ruin. Edmond Dantès
  • These two antagonistical principles were at perpetual variance, it being the law of one to counteract whatever the other did. Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians
  • 'John Anderson my Jo,' 'The Last Rose of Summer,' and kindred airs, could always 'bring down the house,' no matter what the antagonistical musical attraction might be. The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844 Volume 23, Number 2
  • Clothing ideals were part of the larger social world in which social identity was agonistically nurtured and won or lost.
  • If our information be entirely correct in regard to the political tendencies and Fremont bias of this professor, ought he not to be "required to leave", at least dismissed from a situation where his poisonous influence is so powerful, and his teachings so antagonistical to the "honor and safety" of the University and the State? Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick
  • Cibber's antagonistical views towards Pantomime were shared, as we shall see, by a good many others. A History of Pantomime
  • It follows, that the desire to be well must be excited simultaneously with any principle which shall be merely a modification of combativeness, but in the case of that something which I term perverseness, the desire to be well is not only aroused, but a strongly antagonistical sentiment exists. The Imp of the Perverse
  • To accomplish this I looked for adjustments to the singing performances of each male and determined if these adjustments related to the probability that the contestants would behave agonistically towards one another.
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