antagonise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v antagonise provoke the hostility of "Don't antagonize your boss"
    • v antagonise act in opposition to
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Antagonise to struggle violently against: to counteract the action of an opposite muscle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against—agōn, contest. See Agony.

Usage

In literature:

We don't want to antagonise them.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
The plea against death was that it would antagonise three-fourths of England, and make a martyr out of a fool.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
Our Missionary must not antagonise men unnecessarily.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
I did not want to antagonise the man; on the contrary I wanted to have him with us.
"The Jewel of Seven Stars" by Bram Stoker
That is Right which subserves Evolution; that is Wrong which antagonises it.
"The Basis of Morality" by Annie Besant
Passionate and acutely sensitive, she yet seems never to think of antagonising her affliction or to falter in her unconscious fortitude.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
But it is to be recollected that the United States itself was weak, and could not be expected to antagonise Europe too deeply.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
There was something in Kenwick's manner that antagonised him; it was, somehow, too appreciative.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
He did not dare antagonise her, for if he did, she would penalise him by giving him poor food and reduced portions.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It might strike a wiser man in your situation that it would be worth while not to antagonise a friend who has come to serve you.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
But this little episode need not antagonise with the normal course of ordinary business.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Then the antagonising began.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
There's no future for you; you have ruthlessly antagonised every valuable interest needlessly.
"The Red Mouse" by William Hamilton Osborne
If she had been as original as she thought herself, she would have antagonised many people.
"Mrs. Balfame" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It was no part of his intention to antagonise him.
"The Graftons" by Archibald Marshall
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