To act in resistance
- To deal with to oppose earnestly to counteract
- act against
- provoke the hostility of
- To cope with; to oppose definitely; to counteract.
- To act in resistance.
1630s, "to contend with," from Greek antagonizesthai "to struggle against, oppose, be a rival" (see antagonist). Meaning "to struggle against continually" is taped from 1742. Associated: Antagonized; antagonizing.
(v. t.) To contend with; to oppose actively; to counteract.
- (v. i.) To act in resistance.
He had no reason to antagonize Mrs. Glass and have her upset with him.