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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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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

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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

Derived forms of antagonize

antagonizable or antagonisable, adjectiveantagonization or antagonisation, noun

Word Origin for antagonize

C17: from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contest
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