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agonist

[′ag·ə‚nist]
(biochemistry)
A chemical substance that can combine with a cell receptor and cause a reaction or create an active site.
(physiology)
A contracting muscle that is resisted or counteracted by another muscle, called an antagonist, with which it is paired.
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As well as being self-serving and opposed to seriousness, play has, for Huizinga, six generic aspects: it is voluntary or freely adopted; disinterested and irreducible to any utility; distinct or sequestered from ordinary life; creates and demands adherence to order (through the adoption of rules or patterns of behaviour); operates under temporal and spatial limits; and is either representational or agonistic (that is, competitive in some respect).
1991), much of the work in the central city, as we have reviewed in the course of this flanerie, is highly regional, contextualized, and agonistic.
In conclusion, my elaboration on the topics raised by the current journal issue of Cultural Analysis and the occasion of celebrating the SIEF anniversary dealt with the agonistic concerns that are simultaneously inspired by the suggestion to "think the world politically" (Mouffe 2013).
The fourth concept is the agonistic dialogue that he sees at the heart of Ghazali: the present's struggle with the tradition through heteroglossia, the privileging of context over text that he draws from Bakhtin.
But Bloom's discussion is useful not only for its psychological and rhetorical interest, indirectly, it can help us to open up greater depth in the Shelley-Hardy relationship, depth of a pre-eminently Bloomian kind, that of indebtedness, anxiety, and a consequent agonistic distortion or shrinking, on the son/ephebe's part, of the poetic father's grand achievement.