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antagonize

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verb an·tag·o·nize \an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of antagonize

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

Full Definition of antagonize

an·tag·o·nizedan·tag·o·niz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act in opposition to :  counteract

  3. 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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Medical Dictionary

antagonize

transitive verb an·tag·o·nize

Medical Definition of antagonize

an·tag·o·nized also British an·tag·o·nisedan·tag·o·niz·ing also British an·tag·o·nis·ing

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



Variants of antagonize

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


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