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antagonize

[an-tag-uh-nahyz] /ænˈtæg əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), antagonized, antagonizing.
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), antagonized, antagonizing.
3.
Rare. to act antagonistically.
Origin of antagonize
1625-1635
1625-35; < Greek antagōnízesthai to contend against, dispute with. See ant-, agonize
Related forms
antagonizable, adjective
antagonization, noun
reantagonize, verb (used with object), reantagonized, reantagonizing.
unantagonizable, adjective
unantagonized, adjective
unantagonizing, adjective
unantagonizingly, adverb
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  • With state and general elections looming, the government was loth to antagonise them.
  • For now everybody is trying to pacify the storm-gods, not antagonise them.
British Dictionary definitions for antagonise

antagonize

/ænˈtæɡəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make hostile; annoy or irritate
2.
to act in opposition to or counteract
Derived Forms
antagonizable, antagonisable, adjective
antagonization, antagonisation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contest
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Word Origin and History for antagonise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of antagonize; see -ize. Related: Antagonised; antagonising.

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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