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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

antipathy ‎(plural antipathies)

  1. A feeling of dislike; repugnance or distaste.
    • 4 November 2016, Spencer Ackerman writing in The Guardian, 'The FBI is Trumpland': anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaking, sources say
      Deep antipathy to Hillary Clinton exists within the FBI, multiple bureau sources have told the Guardian, spurring a rapid series of leaks damaging to her campaign just days before the election.
    • June 1917, The National Geographic Magazine Volume 31, No. 6, Our State Flowers/The Sagebrush
      The sagebrush belongs to the composite family, and its immediate cousins are widely distributed. They are known as the artemisias, and there are a host of them, many with important uses in the economy of civilization. Artemisia absinthium is popularly known as wormwood; from it comes the bitter, aromatic liquor known as eau or crême d'absinthe. Many of its cousins grow in Asia and Europe, including the mugwort, used by the Germans as a seasoning in cookery; southernwood, used by the British to drive away moths from linen and woolens and to force newly swarmed bees, which have a peculiar antipathy for it, into the hive
    • 1891, Henry Melville, Billy Budd Chapter 13
      Now when the Master-at-arms noticed whence came that greasy fluid streaming before his feet, he must have taken it—to some extent wilfully, perhaps—not for the mere accident it assuredly was, but for the sly escape of a spontaneous feeling on Billy's part more or less answering to the antipathy on his own.
  2. Natural contrariety or incompatibility
    oil and water have antipathy

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

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