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(ăg′ə-nĭs′tĭk) also


Of or relating to an agonist.

ag′o·nis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Anatomy Referring to a muscle with an activity similar to the index muscle.
Pharmacology Referring to an agonist (drug).
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We allowed previously isolated (socially naive) juvenile crayfish to interact agonistically for 30 min in a resource-free environment and subsequently presented them with an attractive food resource.
This "intense, restless, tortured, [and] fascinated" cordiality towards the other, which, as other, remains unthought and that which has yet to be thought, inspires the work of the contributors to this memorial forum for at least two reasons: first, because the vicissitudes and promises of hospitality are for them uniquely articulated in the idioms of romanticism as the most consequential instance in European modernity in which it is possible for radical forms of alterity to be welcomed, critiqued, and theorized; and second, because Derrida's legacies are what connect romanticism most agonistically to the irreducible foreignness of the present day and that in fact make romanticism a reading and a translation of us.
Yet, we tend, by and large, to act as if meaning were knowable; as if words could deliver the world before our eyes with full presence; as if language had the ability to name and thus give form and pattern to what could remain an inchoate "inner reality." That we communicate with and understand each other (albeit, on occasion, agonistically) surely provides evidence of the relative transparency of language.
While I do not have the space to explore fully the dialogue Welles develops with his own film (in part, because I sense that he is more agonistically wrestling with Shakespeare's play), there is certainly a case to be made for such an exploration.
For if Thirst: The Desert Trilogy is a cautionary tale of the dangers present when we create identities agonistically, by violently stressing the difference between ourselves and those we label as the "other" the Trilogy also succeeds by offering a generous reading of the Hebrew Bible's own complex ethical currents, helping contemporary readers recognize that postmodern ambivalences over identity, the coherence of the nation, the sanctity of territory vs.
"Childe Roland" could as easily be read agonistically with Keats's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" or any number of Coleridge poems from "Kubla Khan" to "Christabel." More to the point, though, is the inadequacy of Victorian dualist aesthetics taken from Browning's essay on Shelley.
Moreover, Foucault's understanding of history, like Hyppolite's, must be considered as having been shaped, however negatively, however agonistically, by Hegel's reflections on history.
She does so by concentrating on that generic moment in which questions of belief are most agonistically posed, the moment of conversion to some practice of belief, a moment that marks the convert as someone as capable of dissent as of assent and thus as someone engaged in practices of cultural criticism, knowledge production, and self-fashioning.
Invoking "an ethical constellation of diverse solicitations that are agonistically juxtaposed" (p.
The title, "Borges and I," refers secondly to Bidart, too, and is suggestive of where Bidart parts way with Eliot or Harold Bloom in his view of tradition; he doesn't agonize agonistically, but in the good company of others - lovers, artists, the dead.
The most ritualized manifestations of these symbolic inversions and appropriations of white prerogatives were to be found in eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia, where Yuletide brought what was variously called `Jonkonnu', `John Canoe', `John Kuner', or `John Canno', replete with threateningly costumed slaves, cacophonous serenades, `extraordinary' dances and highly choreographed exchanges.(35) Elsewhere in the South, though less elaborately and agonistically, the slaves also took satirical jabs at their masters, simultaneously mocked and challenged the structure of plantation authority, transgressed the customary spatial boundaries of slave life and enacted rites of reciprocity rather than submission.