- to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.
- to act in opposition to; oppose.
- Rare. to act antagonistically.
Origin of antagonize
Related Words for antagonizinganger, offend, annoy, irritate, alienate, neutralize, insult, repel, struggle, counteract, estrange
Examples from the Web for antagonizing
Contemporary Examples of antagonizing
Antagonizing the Clinton administration eventually contributed to Netanyahu's downfall.Why Bibi Humiliated Biden
March 11, 2010
Every bomb we drop, antagonizing more civilians, makes that goal more unrealizable.America's Next Unwinnable War
October 30, 2009
And all are fearful of ridicule or, worse, antagonizing voters back home.Who Did Nancy Pelosi's New Face?
March 26, 2009
Historical Examples of antagonizing
In antagonizing you farmers, I've opened the way for the enemies of the Service to reach you.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
She was antagonizing the two boys who held the whole school in their hands.A Voice in the Wilderness
Grace Livingston Hill
Nothing could possibly compensate her for antagonizing Felipe.Ramona
Helen Hunt Jackson
Their antagonizing influence is encountered wherever the gospel is preached.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
Afraid to call your souls your own for fear of antagonizing the gang.Langford of the Three Bars
- to make hostile; annoy or irritate
- to act in opposition to or counteract
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.