Definition of antipathetic in English:



  • Showing or feeling a strong aversion.

    ‘it is human nature to be antipathetic to change’
    • ‘Although personally antipathetic to his modernist pioneering spirit, I have been seduced time and again by the ravishing sounds that he produces.’
    • ‘Without a compulsory voting system like that practiced in Australia, Korean voting patterns are characterized as apathetic and antipathetic, and this trend is distorting the true feelings of the public on polling day.’
    • ‘I grew up pretty firmly antipathetic to the lifeless slabs of fishy that schools flopped onto my little dishy, but I realise it's because they'd simply cooked the point right out of them.’
    • ‘It not only stifled dissent, it bred a whole new rhetoric antipathetic to civil liberties and due process of law.’
    • ‘We have argued that the ‘culture of academic psychology’ is, at best, often indifferent to, and, at worst, often antipathetic to the kinds of research that might make the most difference in education.’
    • ‘It fuels the movements that are antipathetic to our values and way of life.’
    • ‘The modern Republican Party isn't just antipathetic to democracy - it seems to be doing everything within its power to convert it into a sham of itself, all the benefits of democracy without any of the actual practice or participation.’
    • ‘I'm not entirely antipathetic to the extended paper - 60 marks in an hour and three quarters is probably underestimating our abilities somewhat - but it would have been nice to have had some forewarning.’
    • ‘Prior to World War II, Americans were by and large antipathetic to the British empire.’
    • ‘Whilst I, perhaps bizarrely, think positively about him, it is a fact that his voting record in the House of Commons has, over many years, been antipathetic to the cause of homosexual equality.’
    • ‘The anti-monarchist sites out there range from the mildly reformist to the rabidly antipathetic.’
    • ‘His mother Alice, felt so antipathetic towards the church that she burnt a lock of John Wesley's hair.’
    • ‘And so a culture is created that is antipathetic to innovation and artistic experiment.’
    • ‘It is why I am equally antipathetic to fundamentalism of a non-religious kind, where people just keep parroting a view regardless of the evidence or the arguments.’
    • ‘There was something compulsive, engaging, about Krakow's siege mentality, and spring, with all its brash coquetry, seemed oddly antipathetic.’
    • ‘But unless I'm actually antipathetic to someone, then of course hugs and the like are nice.’
    • ‘Most of your friends are indifferent or antipathetic to it, so you don't bring it up much when talking about movies.’
    • ‘That is what makes Miliband, the genuine philosopher in the quartet, insist the promoting of equality and the encouragement of meritocracy - far from being antipathetic - are objectives that go hand-in-hand.’
    • ‘Moreover, credit union managers in too many instances have been drawn from conventional financial intermediaries whose philosophies are wholly alien and antipathetic to mutualism.’
    • ‘But still we hear deeply entrenched economic attitudes which promote business strategies antipathetic to sustainable development.’
    hostile, opposed, antagonistic, averse, ill-disposed, unsympathetic
    anti, agin, down on
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Mid 19th century: from antipathy, on the pattern of pathetic.