Definition of dislike in English:



  • Feel distaste for or hostility towards.

    ‘she disliked any kind of unnecessary rudeness’
    • ‘Neither liking nor disliking him, she tried very hard to live her life as if he didn't exist.’
    • ‘Now, I understand that some of Clark's enemies have their reasons for disliking him.’
    • ‘But I can't help disliking our modern obsession with buying things.’
    • ‘Try to have actual reasons for disliking Theory, and an actual definition of what Theory means to you.’
    • ‘It was easier to get through the week disliking him, so that's exactly how I handled it.’
    • ‘I had spent so many years disliking him and now I have been wrestling the concept that the dislike was based more on style than reality.’
    • ‘We need a critical body that is unafraid of disliking something.’
    • ‘We are so caught up in disliking the American culture generated by the media, yet at the same time we are allowing their culture to become ours.’
    • ‘The only legitimate response to disliking pop culture as a whole is to go out and make something better.’
    • ‘There may sometimes be good reasons for disliking some politicians.’
    • ‘Jeremy and Austin both disliked it to a certain degree and Dave and Chris gave it much better reviews.’
    • ‘Why this was I never knew because she disliked him intensely and was always threatening to change him.’
    • ‘I have very mixed feelings about Americans disliking the French.’
    • ‘Overall it's really hard to imagine anyone disliking this album.’
    • ‘One can disapprove of the religious or ethnic group into which one was born without disliking oneself.’
    • ‘They are having a good time disliking the guy, they want to keep on disliking the guy.’
    • ‘Brown is understandably defensive, disliking the brutal suggestion that the life and pensions sector had been guilty of incompetence.’
    • ‘People have weird reasons for liking and disliking anything.’
    • ‘Football is personal; rivalries upset relationships and grown men end up disliking each other.’
    • ‘‘Henry had a way of trying to leave a room without anybody disliking him,’ he said.’
    hate, detest, loathe, abominate, abhor, despise, scorn, shun, execrate
    be averse to, have an aversion to, hold in disfavour, have no liking for, disapprove of, object to, oppose, disagree with, take exception to, find distasteful, regard with distaste, regard with disgust, be unable to tolerate, find intolerable, be unable to bear, be unable to stand, be unable to abide, shrink from, shudder at, find repellent
    be unable to stomach
    disrelish, disfavour
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  • 1[mass noun] A feeling of distaste or hostility.

    ‘he made no secret of his dislike of the police’
    ‘they had taken a dislike to each other’
    • ‘Significantly, though, he has made no secret about his dislike of last season's tactics.’
    • ‘The amount of comments of utter dislike and disgust were too numerous to count.’
    • ‘Somers makes no secret of his dislike for bureaucracy and his contempt for people who pass the buck.’
    • ‘If I am already disliked in the designer industry, that dislike could turn to hatred.’
    • ‘It is not simple dislike or hatred of their beliefs; it's not a new blasphemy law by the back door.’
    • ‘I do not think I am very capable of hate, but it was definitely a strong feeling of dislike and repulsion.’
    • ‘What makes him stand apart from the crowd, is his dislike of claiming publicity for any deed he has done.’
    • ‘I think that was the beginning to Margaret's dislike bordering on hatred of Naomi.’
    • ‘Despite his violent dislike for the school and its inhabitants he was starting to get the hang of how things worked.’
    • ‘Despite his simulated dislike of women, he is clearly highly susceptible.’
    • ‘C stated that L had never been like this on previous occasions despite her expressed dislike for the applicant.’
    • ‘Despite her obvious dislike for him, she still did her best to take care of him.’
    • ‘Jargon is a big problem in medical informatics and must surely contribute to doctors' dislike of technology.’
    • ‘The menu was the usual long list of things that sound rude and which you can't remember whether you just dislike or really loathe.’
    • ‘Joshua's dark eyes widened, but he stood his ground, despite my apparent dislike.’
    • ‘Would that 20 per cent poll indicate the public's dislike and distrust of the local political system we have?’
    • ‘But it has been written by Peter Kosminsky, who makes no secret of his dislike of the fourth estate.’
    • ‘Despite my initial slight dislike of the idea, I had not only come to terms with it, but also started to like it.’
    • ‘Despite her inner ramblings, the door slithered open, to her huge dislike and distaste.’
    • ‘But in his eyes Kieran saw dislike and disgust - at him as well as the others who had broken in.’
    aversion, distaste, disfavour, disapproval, disapprobation, disesteem, enmity, animosity, hostility, animus, antipathy, antagonism
    hate, hatred, detestation, loathing, disgust, repugnance, revulsion, abhorrence, abomination, odium, disdain, contempt
    disrelish, repellence, repellency
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A thing to which one feels aversion.
      ‘I know all his likes and dislikes’
      • ‘This allows those who have very strong likes and dislikes to avoid their dislikes.’
      • ‘She's a person now - with likes and dislikes, preferences, desires, interests, and a will of her own.’
      • ‘He continued to talk about the male/female thing for quite some time and his preferences or more so, his dislikes.’
      • ‘We established our likes and dislikes and we tested each other.’
      • ‘One of my major dislikes is bridges, especially on fast downhill descents.’
      • ‘Three varieties of tuna have also been tested out on some troops and service personnel have been asked to fill out surveys detailing their likes and dislikes.’
      • ‘The growing ethos of it not being the winning, but the taking part that counts is one that Donnelly numbers among his dislikes.’
      • ‘Another of my dislikes is bad customer service.’
      • ‘If a mom has three or four lunches to make every morning with each of the recipients having their own likes and dislikes, the mom has an even bigger task.’
      • ‘I'm so pleased to be so comfortable in sharing stories and thoughts and desires and likes and dislikes…’
      • ‘For example we have definite dislikes about colours, food and clothes.’
      • ‘We all have our likes and dislikes as to what we consider attractive, beautiful, sexy, ugly etc.’
      • ‘The Guardian's music writers let fly on their personal dislikes.’
      • ‘He does have likes and dislikes, and they emerge steadily.’
      • ‘Amid the hilarious exhilaration of her manifold dislikes, it strikes a sombre note.’
      • ‘They could keep track of your likes, your dislikes, your allergies, your dreams and your fears.’
      • ‘I believe our likes and dislikes are imprinted in our minds from childhood, probably through our formative experience with our parents.’
      • ‘I thought that we could see whether our dislikes matched theirs.’
      • ‘What's life like now, before we go over some of the great people you worked with, your likes and dislikes?’
      • ‘We even develop likes and dislikes - as if we know each one personally.’
      pet hate, hate, bane, irritant, irritation, anathema, aversion, vexation, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, bane of one's life
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