Etymology
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antagonize (v.)

1630s, "to compete with" (obsolete); 1742, "act in opposition to, struggle against continuously," from Greek antagonizesthai "to struggle against, oppose, be a rival," from anti "against" (see anti-) + agonizesthai "to contend for a prize," from agon "a struggle, a contest" (see agony). The meaning "make antagonistic" is by 1882. Related: Antagonized; antagonizing; antagonization.

updated on September 22, 2022

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Definitions of antagonize from WordNet

antagonize (v.)
provoke the hostility of;
Don't antagonize your boss
Synonyms: antagonise
antagonize (v.)
act in opposition to;
Synonyms: antagonise / counteract
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