Drones have hurt AQAP in the past, but they also antagonize Yemenis and swell the ranks of AQAP recruits.
For all his flinty wit and occasional impulse to antagonize, Ed Koch was, in the end, almost impossible to dislike.
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
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.