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antipathetic

or an·ti·pa·thet·i·cal

[an-ti-puh-thet-ik or an-ti-puh-thet-i-kuh l; an-tip-uh-]
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adjective
  1. opposed, averse, or contrary; having or showing antipathy: They were antipathetic to many of the proposed changes
  2. 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 formsan·ti·pa·thet·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·thet·i·cal·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for antipathetic

Historical Examples

  • It is antipathetic to him not only as a philosopher, but also as a great writer.

    Phaedrus

    Plato

  • At all times the North had fretted under the antipathetic yoke of the South.

    The Aesthetical Essays

    Friedrich Schiller

  • She had never seen the lady before, and even now she did not find her antipathetic.

    Patsy

    S. R. Crockett

  • In all relations Ralegh was antipathetic to James without consciousness of it.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

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

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for antipathetic

antipathetic

antipathetical

adjective
  1. (often foll by to) having or arousing a strong aversion
Derived Formsantipathetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antipathetic

adj.

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