Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
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.
So far in the States, he has eschewed the roaring, pumping, and scolding so as not to antagonize his new teammates and opponents.
Diplomatically, though, the big news is that Obama and Netanyahu will not antagonize each other.
Jaime suddenly realized the odiousness of his behavior in coming to antagonize another in his own house in broad daylight.
It is death to those who antagonize it, and it is death to them that uphold it.
But at every turn you manage to antagonize me and to rebel against me.
First, how can temperance work "antagonize the interests of the Company?"
On the other hand, we have inexcusable passions, because their psychological tendency is to antagonize the development of society.
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.