antagonize

Part of speech: verb

To oppose; contend with; counteract; neutralize; check; act in antagonism.

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Usage examples "antagonize":

  1. I managed, unluckily, to antagonize the court still further at the very outset. - "Recollections of a Varied Life", George Cary Eggleston.
  2. It is probable, however, that in all the wide world it would have been difficult to find any man less sympathetic to a mind like Isobel's or more likely to antagonize her eager and budding intelligence. - "Love Eternal", H. Rider Haggard.
  3. " Mr. McKinley," I said, " my position as a railroad president, I am afraid, would antagonize them." - "My Memories of Eighty Years", Chauncey M. Depew.