What does antipathy mean?

Definitions for antipathy
ænˈtɪp ə θian·tipa·thy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antipathy, aversion, distastenoun

    a feeling of intense dislike

  2. antipathynoun

    the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided

    "cats were his greatest antipathy"


  1. antipathynoun

    Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.

  2. antipathynoun

    Natural contrariety; incompatibility; repugnancy of qualities; as, oil and water have antipathy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antipathynoun

    contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste

  2. Antipathynoun

    natural contrariety; incompatibility; repugnancy of qualities; as, oil and water have antipathy


  1. Antipathy

    Antipathy is dislike for something or somebody, the opposite of sympathy. While antipathy may be induced by previous experience, it sometimes exists without a rational cause-and-effect explanation being present to the individuals involved. Thus, the origin of antipathy has been subject to various psychological explanations, which some people find convincing and others regard as highly speculative. Sigmund Freud has treated this subject.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antipathy

    an-tip′ath-i, n. dislike: repugnance: opposition: the object of antipathy (with against, to, between of persons).—adjs. Antipathet′ic, -al; Antipath′ic, belonging to antipathy: opposite: contrary.—n. Antip′athist, one possessed by an antipathy. [Gr. anti, against, pathos, feeling.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antipathy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antipathy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of antipathy in a Sentence

  1. Ben May:

    The antipathy towards more austerity with the general public and (Greek governing party) Syriza is a major sticking point and means a quick resolution is unlikely if it means Greece has to capitulate.

  2. Isaac Asimov:

    Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all.

  3. Barack Obama:

    It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren't like them.

  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

  5. Albert Pike:

    The double law of attraction and radiation or of sympathy and antipathy, of fixedness and movement, which is the principle of Creation, and the perpetual cause of life.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. repugnant
    • B. irascible
    • C. valetudinarian
    • D. lank

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