antagonize

[ an-tag-uh-nahyz ]
/ ænˈtæg əˌnaɪz /

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.
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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