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antagonize

[ an-tag-uh-nahyz ]
/ ænˈtæg əˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.

to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.
to act in opposition to; oppose.

verb (used without object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.

Rare. to act antagonistically.

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Origin of antagonize

First recorded in 1625–35, antagonize is from the Greek word antagōnízesthai to contend against, dispute with. See ant-, agonize
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British Dictionary definitions for antagonize

antagonize

antagonise

/ (ænˈtæɡəˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make hostile; annoy or irritate
to act in opposition to or counteract
antagonizable or antagonisable, adjectiveantagonization or antagonisation, noun
C17: from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contest
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