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or antipathetical

[an-ti-puh-thet-ik or an-ti-puh-thet-i-kuh l; an-tip-uh-] /ˌæn tɪ pəˈθɛt ɪk or ˌæn tɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ kəl; ænˌtɪp ə-/
opposed, averse, or contrary; having or showing antipathy: They were antipathetic to many of the proposed changes.
causing or likely to cause antipathy:
The new management was antipathetic to all of us.
Origin of antipathetic
1630-40; < Greek antipathḗs opposed in feeling (anti- + -pathēs, adj. derivative of páthos pathos), with -etic by analogy with pathetic
Related forms
antipathetically, adverb
antipatheticalness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for antipathetic
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  • It is antipathetic to him not only as a philosopher, but also as a great writer.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • The whole place and everything about it was antipathetic to her.

    The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope
  • She had never seen the lady before, and even now she did not find her antipathetic.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Cornélie was glad to meet at the hotel a Dutch element that was not antipathetic.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • He is antipathetic, so far as one can see, to any movement for a better social system than we already possess.

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • And even apart from that the ideals of the two men were antipathetic.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • To the Four Black Brothers, for instance, he was antipathetic in the highest degree.

  • What is there antipathetic in his nature to you, and in yours to him?

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
  • But the men are very rare who generate their own spiritual revelations in some secluded corner of an antipathetic world.

  • To their Italian temperament she had seemed too cold a type, too antipathetic, to be a danger.

    The Title Market Emily Post
British Dictionary definitions for antipathetic


/ænˌtɪpəˈθɛtɪk; ˌæntɪpə-/
(often foll by to) having or arousing a strong aversion
Derived Forms
antipathetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antipathetic

1630s "having an antipathy for," from an adjectival construction from Greek antipathein (see antipathy). Related: antipathetical (c.1600); antipathetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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