antagonization


verb (used with object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.

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

verb (used without object), an·tag·o·nized, an·tag·o·niz·ing.

  1. Rare. to act antagonistically.

verb (tr)

  1. to make hostile; annoy or irritate
  2. to act in opposition to or counteract
v.

1630s, “to compete with,” from Greek antagonizesthai “to struggle against, oppose, be a rival” (see antagonist). Meaning “to struggle against continuously” is recorded from 1742. Related: Antagonized; antagonizing.

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