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antagonize

[an-tag-uh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
  1. to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.
  2. to act in opposition to; oppose.
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verb (used without object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
  1. Rare. to act antagonistically.
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Also especially British, an·tag·o·nise.

Origin of antagonize

First recorded in 1625–35, antagonize is from the Greek word antagōnízesthai to contend against, dispute with. See ant-, agonize
Related formsan·tag·o·niz·a·ble, adjectivean·tag·o·ni·za·tion, nounre·an·tag·o·nize, verb (used with object), re·an·tag·o·nized, re·an·tag·o·niz·ing.un·an·tag·o·niz·a·ble, adjectiveun·an·tag·o·nized, adjectiveun·an·tag·o·niz·ing, adjectiveun·an·tag·o·niz·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for antagonise

Historical Examples

  • He held out his great hand to me, and, as I had no desire to antagonise him, I gave him my own.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Practical 199 considerations do not count with him when they antagonise his ideals.

    Paris and the Social Revolution

    Alvan Francis Sanborn

  • It might strike a wiser man in your situation that it would be worth while not to antagonise a friend who has come to serve you.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • But it is to be recollected that the United States itself was weak, and could not be expected to antagonise Europe too deeply.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • But this little episode need not antagonise with the normal course of ordinary business.


British Dictionary definitions for antagonise

antagonize

antagonise

verb (tr)
  1. to make hostile; annoy or irritate
  2. to act in opposition to or counteract
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Derived Formsantagonizable or antagonisable, adjectiveantagonization or antagonisation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contest
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Word Origin and History for antagonise

v.

chiefly British English spelling of antagonize; see -ize. Related: Antagonised; antagonising.

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antagonize

v.

1630s, "to compete with," from Greek antagonizesthai "to struggle against, oppose, be a rival" (see antagonist). Meaning "to struggle against continuously" is recorded from 1742. Related: Antagonized; antagonizing.

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