an·​tip·​a·​thy an-ˈti-pə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio)
plural antipathies
: a strong feeling of dislike
an antipathy to taxes
a deep antipathy between the groups
: something disliked : an object of aversion
… perhaps his greatest antipathies were cabs, old women, doors that would not shut …Charles Dickens
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

Examples of antipathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alibaba Cloud is shutting its data centers in India and Australia, possibly because of geopolitical antipathy to China in those countries, The Register reports. Beth Greenfield, Fortune, 1 July 2024 Another way to put it might be that his identification with Israel and his antipathy toward activists have always been part of his political makeup, too. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 24 June 2024 This antipathy to an alien influx is exacerbated by preaching from the domestic Left that Western culture is squalid, hypocritical, racist, and wrong. Hugo Gurdon, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 14 June 2024 German fans have an antipathy to foreign investment, unlike, say, Newcastle United fans who donned makeshift Arabic dress when the club was taken over by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. David Hellier,, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for antipathy 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of antipathy was in 1592

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“Antipathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


an·​tip·​a·​thy an-ˈtip-ə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio)
plural antipathies
: a strong dislike
: a person or thing that arouses strong dislike

Medical Definition


an·​tip·​a·​thy an-ˈtip-ə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio)
plural antipathies
: settled aversion or dislike
: an object of aversion
antipathic adjective

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