- to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.
- to act in opposition to; oppose.
- Rare. to act antagonistically.
Origin of antagonize
Examples from the Web for antagonise
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.Miss Cayley's Adventures
- to make hostile; annoy or irritate
- to act in opposition to or counteract
Word Origin and History for antagonise
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.