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antagonize

an·tag·o·nize

antagonize

 
pronunciation:
aen tae g naIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: antagonized, antagonizes, antagonizing
definition 1: to bring on the hostility of; make an enemy of.
He antagonized the other players by cheating often.
synonyms:
alienate
antonyms:
conciliate, pacify, placate
similar words:
anger, annoy, disaffect, embitter, estrange, irritate, offend, provoke, repel
definition 2: to oppose (someone).
synonyms:
oppose, resist
similar words:
contradict, counteract, cross, dispute, oppugn
derivation: antagonizable (adj.)
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