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Word stuff: agonistic

agonistic \ag-uh-NISS-tik\
argumentative,  striving for effect : strained, of, relating to, or being aggressive or defensive social interaction (as fighting, fleeing, or submitting) between individuals usually of the same species


"Agonistic" has its roots in ancient Greece—specifically in the agonistic (to use the oldest sense of the word) athletic contests called "agons" featured at public festivals. From physical conflict to verbal jousting, "agonistic" came to be used as a synonym for "argumentative" and later to mean "striving for effect" or "strained."