antagonize[an tag′ə nīz′]
- The definition of antagonize is to cause someone to react with unkindness or opposition.
An example of a situation in which someone might antagonize others is if he taunted or made fun of others.
- To antagonize is defined as to act in a way that is contrary.
An example of two groups that frequently antagonize each other are the democrats and the republicans.
transitive verban·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing, an·tag·o·niz·es
- To incur the dislike of; provoke hostility or enmity in: antagonized her officemates with her rude behavior.
- To counteract.
Origin of antagonizeGreek antagōnizesthai, to struggle against : anti-, anti- + agōnizesthai, to struggle (from agōn, contest; see agony).
(third-person singular simple present antagonizes, present participle antagonizing, simple past and past participle antagonized)
- To work against; oppose; especially to incite reaction.
- The other children constantly antagonized Joe to the point of tears.