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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.
Also, especially British, antagonise.
Origin
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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Examples from the web for antagonizing
  • To stop antagonizing each other, stop the politics, and work together.
  • He would talk on his cell phone and pay no attention to his dog who was constantly antagonizing other dogs.
  • The larger dog may try to keep away from the smaller dog, but the smaller dog keeps antagonizing him.
  • Oh yes, because others might find it antagonizing and discomforting.
British Dictionary definitions for antagonizing

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 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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