She looked hard and muscular, and as strong as any two men--in fact, no mean antagonist, even had he been similarly armed, and he was unarmed.
An antagonist is one who opposes and is opposed actively and with intensity of effort; an opponent, one in whom the attitude of resistance is the more prominent; a competitor, one who seeks the same object for which another is striving; antagonists in wrestling, competitors in business, opponents in debate may contend with no personal ill will; rivals in love, ambition, etc.,
When he was appointed to her, and found his old enemy Captain Reid in command, he did mean to bear all his tyranny patiently.
Prepositions: Candid in debate; candid to or toward opponents; candid with friend or foe; to be candid about or in regard to the matter.
“Nevertheless I venture to suggest,” Fetyukovitch continued, “thatin spite of his independent mind and just character, my opponent mayhave formed a mistaken prejudice against my unfortunate client.
And what causes the doctor, when ailing, to send for his rival, and not sit down and examine his own tongue in the chimney glass, or write his own prescription at his study-table?
I step across now to beg your forgiveness a thousand times for having been led by my feelings to express myself too strongly for a stranger.