Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.

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    Why is alienate not close? How are you going to use your word? Please help the community; otherwise it's just a guessing game. – Andrew Leach Aug 3 '15 at 8:50
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    Because alienate does not mean "making someone an enemy" – mplungjan Aug 3 '15 at 8:51
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    Well, one thesaurus says "cause unfriendliness/hostility" and suggests "set against", so it's a potential fit. – Andrew Leach Aug 3 '15 at 8:55
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    Right. I was going for the consensus: make (someone) feel isolated or estranged. "an urban environment which would alienate its inhabitants" – mplungjan Aug 3 '15 at 9:01
  • I understand that this was a very 'simple question'. However, I don't agree with lack of research. I did spend time googling and searching on english SE. Also, every usage of alienate I have seen has been in the sense of 'making alien = isolating, segregating...', and not making enemy. – 0fnt Aug 4 '15 at 6:18

Antagonize comes to mind

to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of:
His speech antagonized many voters.dictionary.reference.com

  • I invented the word "befoe" for this purpose, past tense "befoed." – semateos Jul 20 '16 at 0:32

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