Verb antagonize Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


antagonize (third-person singular simple present antagonizes, present participle antagonizing, simple past and past participle antagonized)

  1. (transitive) To work against; oppose; especially to incite reaction.

More definition: make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of, His speech antagonized many voters. act in opposition to; oppose.

3.Rare. to act antagonistically.

1. to make hostile; annoy or irritate

2. to act in opposition to or counteract Derived Formsantagonizable, antagonisable, adjectiveantagonization, antagonisation, noun Word OriginC17, from Greek antagōnizesthai, from anti- + agōnizesthai to strive, from agōn contestCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1630s, "to compete with," from Greek antagonizesthai "to struggle against, oppose, be a rival" (see antagonist). Meaning "to struggle against continuously" is recorded from 174

2. Related, Antagonized; antagonizing.


The two campaigners nodded to each other, with neither wishing to antagonize the family of four smiling in the driveway.

He had no reason to antagonize Mrs. Glass and have her upset with him.

Of such probably are the toxins and antitoxins of certain infections, which, anchoring themselves not by any means indiscriminately, but to particular and concerted molecules, by such anchorage antagonize them or turn them to favourable or unfavourable issues.

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