antagonize


an·tag·o·nize

verb \an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz\

: to cause (someone) to feel hostile or angry : to irritate or upset (someone)

an·tag·o·nizedan·tag·o·niz·ing

Full Definition of ANTAGONIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to act in opposition to :  counteract
2
:  to incur or provoke the hostility of <his criticism antagonized his friends>

Examples of ANTAGONIZE

  1. He didn't mean to antagonize you.
  2. Her comments antagonized many people.

Origin of ANTAGONIZE

Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to struggle, from agōn contest — more at agony
First Known Use: circa 1742

Rhymes with ANTAGONIZE

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an·tag·o·nize

transitive verb    (Medical Dictionary)
an·tag·o·nized also British an·tag·o·nisedan·tag·o·niz·ing also British an·tag·o·nis·ing

Medical Definition of ANTAGONIZE

: to act in antagonism to : counteract <these effects are antagonized by atropine—Ernest Bueding & Harry Most>

Variants of ANTAGONIZE

an·tag·o·nize also British an·tag·o·nise \an-ˈtag-ə-ˌnīz\

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