Definition of antipathy in English:

antipathy

noun

  • [mass noun] A deep-seated feeling of aversion:

    ‘his fundamental antipathy to capitalism’
    • ‘This antipathy towards fiction is a little difficult to understand.’
    • ‘Whatever the accuracy of those perceptions, the mutual antipathy is unspoken, but pervasive.’
    • ‘The Premiership clubs have never disguised their antipathy to the principle of one up, one down.’
    • ‘Might it not, however, be more accurate to call it antipathy?’
    • ‘The wee Glasgow derby may lack the sectarian undertones of the big one, but it lacks none of the mutual antipathy.’
    • ‘And the level of antipathy towards the president's visit shocked some.’
    • ‘That is not to say he has any antipathy towards Coulthard.’
    • ‘There were many strands of antipathy in his life, among which a dislike for children seems to have been a constant.’
    • ‘Mr Fowler's antipathy can be traced to his father, who fought in the First World War and was less than impressed by the French war leaders.’
    • ‘In my view, his condition will persist while he remains in conflict with the Force as his antipathy is now so deep-seated and consuming.’
    • ‘Still, there is plenty of blame on both sides of the Atlantic for this display of mutual antipathy.’
    • ‘This was unusual, given conventional medicine's antipathy towards anything considered wacky or unprovable.’
    • ‘Despite her antipathy towards MacKenzie, she may well have picked up pointers from him about how to manage journalists.’
    • ‘Webber got pregnant, although by the time the baby was born her antipathy towards him was so great she refused to put his name on the birth certificate.’
    • ‘Despite my antipathy to regular cleaning, I love intensive organizing and cleaning sessions.’
    • ‘As is customary, much was made of the mutual antipathy between the two fighters in the run-up to the contest.’
    • ‘The only person I know who could afford to live in Japan for a stint returned home with an acute allergy and antipathy to fish.’
    • ‘This affects my entire perception of the city, filling me with disquiet, antipathy and even a certain revulsion.’
    • ‘This should go down in the annals of history, as I've never enjoyed doing a job before, managing at best antipathy.’
    • ‘So Davis will begin his second term under clouds of apathy, if not antipathy.’
    hostility, antagonism, animosity, aversion, animus, opposition, enmity, dislike, distaste, ill will, ill feeling, hatred, hate, abhorrence, loathing, repugnance, odium
    grudge
    allergy
    disrelish
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘opposition of feeling, nature, or disposition’): from French antipathie, or via Latin from Greek antipatheia, from antipathēs opposed in feeling, from anti against + pathos feeling.

Pronunciation

antipathy

/anˈtɪpəθi/