antagonize

[an-tag-uh-nahyz]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. antagonise,
  2. antagonism,
  3. antagonist,
  4. antagonistic,
  5. antagonistic muscles,
  6. antagonizer,
  7. antakiya,
  8. antakya,
  9. antalgic,
  10. antalgic gait

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 antagonizing

antagonize

antagonise

verb (tr)

to make hostile; annoy or irritate
to act in opposition to or counteract
Derived Formsantagonizable 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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Word Origin and History for antagonizing

antagonize

v.

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.

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