- 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.
Also especially British, an·tag·o·nise.
Origin of antagonize
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Related Words for antagonizationseparation, hostility, disunity, schism, alienation, disaffection, division, withholding, divorce, withdrawal, leave, split, breach, removal, parting, leaving, disassociation, antagonization
- to make hostile; annoy or irritate
- to act in opposition to or counteract
Word Origin for antagonize
C17: from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contest
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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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