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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
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
  • You help me to think that they are not born offenders, antipathetic to the human mind.

    Louise Chandler Moulton Lilian Whiting
  • Cornélie was glad to meet at the hotel a Dutch element that was not antipathetic.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • Such men exist, antipathetic to the Marbridges of the world.

    Joan Thursday

    Louis Joseph Vance
  • And even apart from that the ideals of the two men were antipathetic.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • To Anglicans like Cranmer, Knox, from the first, was as antipathetic as they were to him.

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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