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
Recent Examples of antipathy from the Web
U.S. officials were cautious about Tillerson’s optimism, noting Ankara’s hardline antipathy for the Kurdish groups that Washington sees as key to destroying the Islamic State group.
But that rhetorical antipathy took a more ominous turn in recent weeks within the White House and the Capitol.
More than half of the voters said Trump does not have the temperament to serve as president, but that number reflects strong Democratic antipathy to the president.
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. opened fire on Republican congressmen practicing baseball in suburban D.C. This intraparty antipathy is rising rapidly.
The media climate now, in both news and entertainment, is too often of a goading, insinuating resentment, a grinding, agitating antipathy.
That antipathy gave way after Trump won the nomination and Rubio endorsed him for president.
The irony of U.S. antipathy to funding climate projects overseas is that withdrawing from those efforts hurts Americans.
Donald J. Trump won, and his interest in defending the executive branch against the House lawsuit was nonexistent given his antipathy for the health care law.
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Did You Know?
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.
Synonym Discussion of antipathy
ANTIPATHY Defined for Kids
Definition of antipathy for Students
: a strong feeling of dislike
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