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antipathy

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noun an·tip·a·thy \an-ˈti-pə-thē\

Simple Definition of antipathy

  • : a strong feeling of dislike

Full Definition of antipathy

plural an·tip·a·thies

  1. 1 obsolete :  opposition in feeling

  2. 2 :  settled aversion or dislike

  3. 3 :  an object of aversion

Examples of antipathy

  1. There has always been strong antipathy between the two groups.

  2. The author's antipathies and prejudices are obvious.



Origin of antipathy

Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, from antipathēs of opposite feelings, from anti- + pathos experience — more at pathos


First Known Use: 1592

Synonym Discussion of antipathy

enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed <an unspoken enmity>. hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression <hostility between the two nations>. antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility <a natural antipathy for self-seekers> <antagonism between the brothers>. animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility <animosity that led to revenge>. rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong <rancor filled every line of his letters>. animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice <objections devoid of personal animus>.

Medical Dictionary

antipathy

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noun an·tip·a·thy \an-ˈtip-ə-thē\

Medical Definition of antipathy

plural an·tip·a·thies

  1. 1:  settled aversion or dislike

  2. 2:  an object of aversion

  3. an·ti·path·ic \ˌant-i-ˈpath-ik\play adjective





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