- 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
Related Words for antagonizeanger, offend, annoy, irritate, alienate, neutralize, insult, repel, struggle, counteract, estrange
Examples from the Web for antagonize
Contemporary Examples of antagonize
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Close attachment to autocratic regimes by the West pays short-term dividends but will antagonize generations of Muslims.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
So far in the States, he has eschewed the roaring, pumping, and scolding so as not to antagonize his new teammates and opponents.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
Diplomatically, though, the big news is that Obama and Netanyahu will not antagonize each other.Obama and Netanyahu Have Reached Detente in Time for Israel Visit
March 17, 2013
For all his flinty wit and occasional impulse to antagonize, Ed Koch was, in the end, almost impossible to dislike.RIP, Ed Koch
February 1, 2013
Historical Examples of antagonize
We do not know where we are nor who they are, but we must do nothing to antagonize them.
Profits as a goal for the long run do not antagonize moral principles.Creating Capital
Frederick L. Lipman
What possessed the woman to antagonize everyone with whom she came in touch?Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
Thoroughly angry, Hillard was not a happy man to antagonize.The Lure of the Mask
Such patriotism as this, we may say, does not antagonize internationalism.The Psychology of Nations
- to make hostile; annoy or irritate
- to act in opposition to or counteract
Word Origin for antagonize
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.