an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈti-pə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Definition of antipathy

1 : a strong feeling of dislike an antipathy to taxes a deep antipathy between the groups
2 : something disliked : an object of aversion … perhaps his greatest antipathies were cabs, old women, doors that would not shut …— Charles Dickens
3 obsolete : opposition in feeling

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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When the nation of Yugoslavia was created in 1945, it combined a number of ethnic groups with a history of violent antipathy toward each other. In 1991–92 four regions of the country announced that they would become independent nations; a bloody six-year war followed, fueled by these ancient and powerful antipathies. The American Civil War similarly resulted from antipathy between the North and the South. But in the U.S.'s relations with its next-door neighbors, it's been a long time since emotions have gotten much stronger than annoyance.

Examples of antipathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chris Hegemann of Falls Church often feels unreasonable antipathy while playing Yahtzee. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Value investor Warren Buffett took his antipathy toward crypto to new heights over the weekend. Walter Frick, Quartz, 2 May 2022 Monnet argued that the only way to stop the cycle of Franco-German antipathy from reasserting itself was to remove the source of tension—Germany’s industrial might. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 Jessica Chastain’s Oscar win for The Eyes of Tammy Faye was confirmation that Hollywood operates out of secular antipathy. Armond White, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 In 2012, fate gave us Kentucky-Louisville in the Final Four, a game whose juice was derived not just from the neighbor vs. neighbor nature of the rivalry but the personal antipathy between John Calipari and Rick Pitino. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 In fact Jackson had a lifelong antipathy to that class, which had run the country since its founding. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 And what can jolt Democratic voters in urban centers the way the antipathy for former President Donald Trump did years earlier? Dan Merica, CNN, 15 Jan. 2022 With the Bulls’ coaching staff completely overhauled and the roster rebuilt since his Chicago departure in the 2017 offseason, there is nothing like the antipathy still held toward the Timberwolves. Ira Winderman,, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of antipathy

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for antipathy

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

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“Antipathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for antipathy


an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈti-pə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Kids Definition of antipathy

: a strong feeling of dislike


an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈtip-ə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Medical Definition of antipathy

1 : settled aversion or dislike
2 : an object of aversion

Other Words from antipathy

antipathic \ ˌant-​i-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \ adjective

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