antagonize

verb an·tag·o·nize \ an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz \

Definition of antagonize

antagonized; antagonizing
transitive verb
1 :to incur or provoke the hostility of
  • His criticism antagonized his friends.
2 :to act in opposition to :counteract
  • The drug is antagonized by methylxanthines, such as caffeine and theophylline …
  • Scientific American Medicine

Examples of antagonize in a Sentence

  1. He didn't mean to antagonize you.

  2. Her comments antagonized many people.

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Origin and Etymology of antagonize

Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to struggle, from agōn contest — more at agony


ANTAGONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

antagonize

verb

Definition of antagonize for English Language Learners

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


ANTAGONIZE Defined for Kids

antagonize

verb an·tag·o·nize \ an-ˈta-gə-ˌnīz \

Definition of antagonize for Students

antagonized; antagonizing
:to stir up dislike or anger in
  • The bully antagonizes younger kids.

Medical Dictionary

antagonize

transitive verb an·tag·o·nize
variants: also British antagonise play \an-ˈtag-ə-ˌnīz\

medical Definition of antagonize

antagonized also British antagonised; antagonizing also British antagonising
:to act in antagonism to :counteract
  • these effects are antagonized by atropine
  • —Ernest Bueding & Harry Most


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