verb (used with object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
verb (used without object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
Origin of antagonize
Examples from the Web for antagonize
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
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|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Allen Barra|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eli Lake|March 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For all his flinty wit and occasional impulse to antagonize, Ed Koch was, in the end, almost impossible to dislike.
Such patriotism as this, we may say, does not antagonize internationalism.The Psychology of Nations|G.E. Partridge
But because I can influence them, the other leaders don't dare to antagonize me, and so I can have my way up to a certain point.
But she resolutely suppressed the idea; she did not want to antagonize Mrs. Johnson to any greater extent against the girl.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
She had not much of anything to say to her father, for that matter; but he did not antagonize her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
And if I find the evil doer beyond hope of correction, I do not antagonize the doer of it.
British Dictionary definitions for antagonize
Word Origin for antagonize
Word Origin and History 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.