Definitions and Examples of provoke, antagonize, irritate
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To deliberately annoy, anger, or incite someone to take action.
His rude behavior was enough to provoke her into leaving the party early.
To cause someone to become hostile or unfriendly towards oneself.
His constant criticism and negativity only served to antagonize his coworkers.
To cause annoyance, impatience, or frustration in someone.
The loud music from the party next door was starting to irritate her.
Key Differences: provoke vs antagonize vs irritate
- 1Provoke implies an intentional act of causing anger or annoyance.
- 2Antagonize suggests causing hostility or unfriendliness towards oneself.
- 3Irritate conveys a sense of annoyance or frustration caused by something.
Effective Usage of provoke, antagonize, irritate
- 1Conflict Resolution: Use conciliate to resolve conflicts and promote peace.
- 2Avoid Hostility: Use antonyms like provoke, antagonize, and irritate to avoid causing hostility or unfriendliness.
- 3Express Emotions: Use these antonyms to express emotions effectively and accurately.
The antonyms have distinct nuances: Provoke implies an intentional act of causing anger, antagonize suggests causing hostility, and irritate conveys a sense of annoyance. Use conciliate to resolve conflicts and promote peace, and use antonyms like provoke, antagonize, and irritate to avoid causing hostility or unfriendliness.