Definition of antagonize
1 : to act in opposition to : counteract
2 : to incur or provoke the hostility of <his criticism antagonized his friends>
Examples of antagonize in a sentence
He didn't mean to antagonize you.
Her comments antagonized many people.
Origin and Etymology of antagonize
Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to struggle, from agōn contest — more at agony
First Known Use: circa 1742
ANTAGONIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antagonize for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel hostile or angry : to irritate or upset (someone)
ANTAGONIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of antagonize for Students
: to stir up dislike or anger in <The bully antagonizes younger kids.>
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