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antagonism

noun [U or C]     /ænˈtæɡ.ə.nɪ.zəm/
hate, extreme unfriendliness, or active opposition to someone: There's a history of antagonism between the two teams. the antagonism towards neighbouring states the historic antagonisms between the countries of western EuropeFeelings of dislike and hatredNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourOpposing and against
(Definition of antagonism noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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