[ an-tag-uh-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: antagonizeantagonizedantagonization on

verb (used with object),an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
  1. to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.

  2. to act in opposition to; oppose.

verb (used without object),an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.
  1. Rare. to act antagonistically.

Origin of antagonize

First recorded in 1625–35, antagonize is from the Greek word antagōnízesthai to contend against, dispute with. See ant-, agonize
  • Also especially British, an·tag·o·nise .

Other words from antagonize

  • an·tag·o·niz·a·ble, adjective
  • an·tag·o·ni·za·tion, noun
  • re·an·tag·o·nize, verb (used with object), re·an·tag·o·nized, re·an·tag·o·niz·ing.
  • un·an·tag·o·niz·a·ble, adjective
  • un·an·tag·o·nized, adjective
  • un·an·tag·o·niz·ing, adjective
  • un·an·tag·o·niz·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby antagonize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use antagonize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for antagonize



/ (ænˈtæɡəˌnaɪz) /

  1. to make hostile; annoy or irritate

  2. to act in opposition to or counteract

Origin of antagonize

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

Derived forms of antagonize

  • antagonizable or antagonisable, adjective
  • antagonization or antagonisation, noun

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