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[an-tip-uh-thee] /ænˈtɪp ə θi/
noun, plural antipathies.
a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion.
an instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling.
an object of natural aversion or habitual dislike.
Origin of antipathy
1595-1605; < Latin antipathīa < Greek antipátheia. See anti-, -pathy
Related forms
antipathist, noun
1. disgust, abhorrence, detestation, hatred. See aversion.
1. attraction. Unabridged
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  • It occurred to me that once or twice I had seen her eyes fixed on Hungerford inquisitively, and not free from antipathy.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Probably Angus entertained some of the antipathy to Scotchmen which was peculiar to his age.

  • He felt no antipathy towards the surgeon who inflicted upon him so sharp an agony.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • The very sentiments which I then expressed proclaimed my antipathy to the practice.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • This antipathy did not, however, extend to Filipina women, many of whom married the foreigners.

British Dictionary definitions for antipathy


noun (pl) -thies
a feeling of intense aversion, dislike, or hostility
the object of such a feeling
Word Origin
C17: from Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, from anti- + patheia feeling
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Word Origin and History for antipathy

c.1600, from Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, noun of state from antipathes "opposed in feeling, having opposite feeling; in return for suffering; felt mutually," from anti- "against" (see anti-) + root of pathos "feeling" (see pathos).

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