antipathy

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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From Ancient Greek ἀντιπάθεια (antipátheia), noun of state from ἀντιπαθής (antipathḗs, opposed in feeling), from ἀντί (antí, against) + root of πάθος (páthos, feeling).

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  • IPA(key): /ænˈtɪpəθi/
  • Hyphenation: an‧tip‧athy

Noun[edit]

antipathy (plural antipathies)

  1. Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.
    • Inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments to others, are to be avoided. --Washington.
  2. Natural contrariety; incompatibility; repugnancy of qualities; as, oil and water have antipathy.
    • A habit is generated of thinking that a natural antipathy exists between hope and reason. --I. Taylor.

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  • Prepositions: "antipathy" is followed by "to", "against", or "between"; also sometimes by "for".

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