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.
- antagonistic muscles,
- antalgic gait
Origin of antagonize
Examples from the Web for antagonizing
Antagonizing the Clinton administration eventually contributed to Netanyahu's downfall.
Every bomb we drop, antagonizing more civilians, makes that goal more unrealizable.
And all are fearful of ridicule or, worse, antagonizing voters back home.
And he suddenly realized that he had begun his fight by antagonizing a very shrewd purser.The Secret of the Silver Car|Wyndham Martyn
Instead of antagonizing the Japanese, we should cultivate their good will.Our National Defense:|George Hebard Maxwell
Afraid to call your souls your own for fear of antagonizing the gang.Langford of the Three Bars|Kate Boyles
One thing seemed clear—that he had gone further than was necessary in antagonizing the old woman.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig|David Graham Phillips
He had no intention of antagonizing the Tuareg chief by going over his head and directly to the people.Border, Breed Nor Birth|Dallas McCord Reynolds
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.