antagonize antagonize  /æn ˈtæ ɡə ˌnaɪz/


  1. (v) provoke the hostility of
  2. (v) act in opposition to



  1. Federal prosecutors, of course, are subject to the wishes of the government, and the government is unlikely to press a case that would antagonize its American allies.
  2. They seemed grimly determined not to antagonize Russia by gloating.
  3. Although bruised by these attacks, Saloth Sar said nothing to antagonize his patrons.


  1. Peace activists protest war drones during Quad-City event

    International peace activists starting a walk today said Sunday that the use of U.S. military drones should be discontinued because the unmanned aircraft kill innocent people and antagonize other nations.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Quad-City Times

  2. Small African Country To "Seize" Chinese Oil Exploration Assets

    It's one thing for broke Argentina to nationalize assets of just as broke Spain. However when tiny west-African country Gabon decides to "seize" assets from three international oil companies including China's petrochemical giant Sinopec, things not only get interesting, but puts a brand new pawn on the global geopolitical chessboard. But why is Gabon seeking to antagonize some of the primary ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge


  1. "We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly, and labor rights not to antagonize China's leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential," Bush said. "We press for...
    on Aug 7, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Washington Post

  2. "We don't want to be pet-poodles of the government, (but) neither to antagonize the military," said Ranga Jayasuriya, defense columnist at the Lakbima News newspaper.
    on Jun 19, 2008 By: Sanath Jayasuriya Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. According to an article published on Sports Illustrated's Web site,, Miller said he chose to contest the ticket "to try to get my fine reduced and to antagonize McKay."
    on May 12, 2007 By: Bode Miller Source: Guardian Unlimited

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