• WordNet 3.6
    • n antipathy the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided "cats were his greatest antipathy"
    • n antipathy a feeling of intense dislike
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antipathy 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."
    • Antipathy 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antipathy Natural aversion; instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling; an aversion felt at the presence or thought of a particular object; distaste; disgust; repugnance.
    • n antipathy A contrariety in the properties or affections of matter, as of oil and water.
    • n antipathy An object of natural aversion or settled dislike.
    • n antipathy Synonyms Hatred, Dislike, Antipathy, Disgust, Aversion, Reluctance, Repugnance. Hatred is the deepest and most permanent of these feelings; it is rarely used except of persons.
    • n antipathy Dislike is the most general word, and depends upon the connection for its strength; it is opposed to liking or fondness.
    • n antipathy Antipathy expresses most of constitutional feeling and least of volition: the turkey-cock has an antipathy to the color red; many people have an intense antipathy to snakes, rats, toads. In figurative use, antipathy is a dislike that seems constitutional toward persons, things, conduct, etc.; hence it involves a dislike for which sometimes no good reason can be given.
    • n antipathy Antipathy is opposed primarily to sympathy, but often to mere liking.
    • n antipathy Disgust is the loathing, first of physical taste, then of esthetic taste, then of spiritual taste or moral feeling.
    • n antipathy Aversion is a fixed disposition to avoid something which displeases, disturbs, or annoys: as, quiet people have an aversion to noise. It is a dislike, settled and generally strong.
    • n antipathy Reluctance and repugnance by derivation imply a natural struggle, as of hesitation or recoil; with reluctance it is simply the will holding back in dislike of some proposed act, while with repugnance it is a greater resistance or one accompanied with greater feeling, and generally in regard to an act, course, idea, etc., rarely to persons or things. See animosity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antipathy an-tip′ath-i dislike: repugnance: opposition: the object of antipathy (with against, to, between of persons)
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  • J. August Strindberg
    “Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. antipathia, Gr. ; against + to suffer. Cf. F. antipathie,. See Pathos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against, pathos, feeling.


In literature:

A woman may have an inordinate antipathy to men, but she loves them to do her bidding.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Such a writer as Montesquieu he holds in manifest antipathy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine--Vol. 54, No. 333, July 1843" by Various
Personal antipathy, however real, cannot be assumed without convincing grounds to have been the mainspring.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Your antipathy was bad for me; but I conquered myself, and I worked.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
If in spite of every care antipathies to certain articles of food appear and persist, we must be content to bide our time.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
With them there was no antipathy or animosity to the English.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
There, now, is thine antipathy!
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Sharp and irritating as the encounter had been between the two lovers, the momentary antipathy passed away as they moved along.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
The antipathy that formerly existed between Mark and his father was much sharper between Mark and his uncle.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
I have a distinct antipathy to anything of the kind.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

What high immortals do in mirth
Is life and death on Middle Earth;
Their a-historic
Antipathy forever gripes
All ages and somatic types,
The sophomoric
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
Ill-shaped creature, there's antipathy
'Twixt man and spiders, 'tis in vain to lie;
I hate thee, stand off, if thou dost come nigh me,
I'll crush thee with my foot; I do defy thee.
"The Sinner and The Spider" by John Bunyan

In news:

Federal Judge Trashes the Legal Profession for ' Antipathy ' Toward the Military.
Chick-fil-A: Today, customers decide -- appreciation or antipathy .
In Iowa, it's 'electability' versus 'sincerity' – plus a dose of Ron Paul antipathy .
But Their Antipathy Will Live Forever.
That something, however, is antipathy toward NBC News.
Protests surging in the Middle East don't surprise Nadia Hijab , who views Arab antipathy toward the US as something the West has earned by supporting dictators in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
A combination of censorship, fear of supporting separatism and antipathy to different ethnicities means self-immolations are met with deafening silence.
Federal Judge Trashes the Legal Profession for 'Antipathy' Toward the Military.
In Iowa, it's 'electability' versus ' sincerity ' – plus a dose of Ron Paul antipathy.
In his antipathy to abortion and his childish grasp of reproductive science, Akin personifies much of the GOP, increasingly an extremist sect from which moderation has been banished.
Although his antipathy toward the Fascist government in his native Spain was well known, German diplomats and officers treated him with respect.
He is one of Russia's most caustic political figures, with a virulent antipathy toward the market-economy reforms that have taken root in St Petersburg and much of the rest of Russia.
But have oft ascribed to inanimate matter the horror of a vacuum, sympathies, antipathies, and other affections of human nature.
Protests surging in the Middle East don't surprise Nadia Hijab, who views Arab antipathy toward the US as something the West has earned by supporting dictators in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The achievement of Scrutiny is to be found among its enthusiasms rather than its antipathies.

In science:

B What price Humean supervenience? Doubts about intrinsic vectorial properties I announced my denial of pointil lisme, and so my antipathy to Humean supervenience, already in Section 2.1.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Positive affect toward one party need not be accompanied by an equal amount of antipathy toward the other.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Similarly, the spatial model provides no quarter, as it will, for example, accommodate an induced voter preference for RL from DL in one regime, but not in the other – this no matter how deep our suspicions that some voter might maintain affect or antipathy for both regimes at the same time.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems