American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To incur the dislike of; provoke hostility or enmity in: antagonized her officemates with her rude behavior.
- v. To counteract.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act in opposition to; oppose; counteract; hinder.
- To act antagonistically or in opposition.
- Also spelled antagonise.
- v. transitive To work against; oppose; especially to incite reaction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To contend with; to oppose actively; to counteract.
- v. To act in opposition.
- v. provoke the hostility of
- v. act in opposition to
- Greek antagōnizesthai, to struggle against : anti-, anti- + agōnizesthai, to struggle (from agōn, contest; see agony). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If he does not reply promptly he must pay a forfeit or he must pay a forfeit if he uses a word which would show disloyalty to his country such as antagonize it, abhor it, etc. etc.”
“First, Germany, Italy, and France do not support either NATO or EU enlargement, although it is only the former that is usually considered likely to "antagonize" Russia.”
“But the media and tech worlds want to know: Will the FCC propose other bold changes that might antagonize large companies, including broadband giants Comcast and Verizon, or will it try to accommodate them with relatively moderate reforms?”
“The FCC may antagonize another powerful lobby, broadcasters, if it offers an ambitious plan to get some of the airwave spectrum they control and turn it over to providers of wireless broadband services.”
“Not a problem in deafening Vancouver, or Boston, where the Boston Globe actually asked Bruins fans to calm down and not antagonize visiting Canucks fans so much.”
“To say no will show that he does not support the military and to say yes will antagonize him base, the left.”
“O.K., Mr. Netanyahu has a strategy: Do nothing vis-à-vis the Palestinians or Turkey that will require him to go against his base, compromise his ideology or antagonize his key coalition partner, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an extreme right-winger.”
“Because the Obama administration entertained this hope that we could negotiate with the regime, and therefore we didn't want to antagonize them. ...”
“Why antagonize somebody who explicitly said yesterday he IS going to close the place down and has not announced through back channels that in the first week he is going to sign an order signifying that.”
“So I thought I'd try to set the record straight even if the result is that I antagonize some folks who seem to regard me as an ally.”
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