an·​ti·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ˌan-ti-pə-ˈthe-tik, (ˌ)an-ˌti-pə-\

Definition of antipathetic 

1 : having a natural aversion also : not sympathetic : hostile a government antipathetic to democracy

2 : arousing antipathy

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Other Words from antipathetic

antipathetically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of antipathetic in a Sentence

a series of adventure books that turned boys who had been antipathetic to reading into avid readers the mayor has always had an openly antipathetic relationship with the local press

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Pakistan is a nuclear state, an antipathetic but important U.S. ally and one of the largest Muslim-majority countries in the world. Russell Goldman, The Seattle Times, "What is at stake in Pakistan’s election?," 24 July 2018 Even in this antipathetic context, Aldrich manages to find room for his characteristic intimations of breakdown and approaching chaos. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Dance / Film / On Video Joan Crawford shines in five Hollywood classics," 26 June 2018 Mainstream Peronists seem more antipathetic toward Mrs. Kirchner than Mr. Macri. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Argentines Keep Moving to the Right," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of antipathetic

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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an·​ti·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ˌant-i-pə-ˈthet-ik \

Medical Definition of antipathetic 

1 : having a natural opposition to something an immune response which can be both antipathetic to the tumour…and protectiveNature

2 : inducing or characterized by antipathy

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