antagonize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ænˈtæɡənaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theyantagonize
he/she/itantagonizes
present participleantagonizing
past tenseantagonized
past participleantagonized
  1. to make someone feel angry with you, so that they start to dislike you or have a negative attitude towards you

    They were always careful not to antagonize rural voters.