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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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Examples from the web for antipathy
  • Failing to endorse is not the same as expressing antipathy.
  • Such male antipathy towards rivals may be a mammalian universal.
  • He had an antipathy toward talking about his acting.
  • His antipathy has personal roots.
  • Run-ins with the police gave him a lifelong antipathy to authority.
  • You have a pretty consistent antipathy and disdain for reporters.
  • To abhor is to have a natural antipathy, and to show it by shuddering.
  • Little is more natural than antipathy for those who have what we want.
  • Part of people's antipathy toward them is that they are often cumbersome to use.
  • The parasite deftly knocks that antipathy out.
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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