- 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.
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transitive verb an·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: Greek antagōnizesthai, to struggle against : anti-, anti- + agōnizesthai, to struggle (from agōn, contest; see agony).