Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.

antagonize | antagonistic | antagonism

antagonize antagonistic antagonism
annoy somebody or make them dislike you
  • How to Memorize
    • antagonize - annoy
  • Analysis

    When you ‘antagonize’ somebody, you provoke them to be hostile and react angrily towards you. This can be done unintentionally as a result of a real or perceived character flaw, or deliberately to unsettle somebody or make them lose their composure.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
  • Example(s)
    1. Tom is not capable of dealing with customer complaints in a professional manner. All he does is antagonize them further with his poor attitude.

    2. Our boss shoots down every suggestion that the team makes to her in a dismissive, antagonistic way, then wonders why staff morale is so low.

    3. The setting up of peace talks between the two factions after years of mutual antagonism was a major breakthrough.