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[dis-lahyk] /dɪsˈlaɪk/
verb (used with object), disliked, disliking.
to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion:
I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
a feeling of aversion; antipathy:
a strong dislike for Bach.
Origin of dislike
First recorded in 1545-55; dis-1 + like2
Related forms
dislikable, dislikeable, adjective
predislike, noun, verb (used with object), predisliked, predisliking.
self-dislike, noun
self-disliked, adjective
2. disrelish.
Synonym Study
2.Dislike, disgust, distaste, repugnance imply antipathy toward something. Dislike is a general word, sometimes connoting an inherent or permanent feeling of antipathy for something: to have a dislike for crowds. Disgust connotes a feeling of loathing for what is offensive to the feelings and sensibilities: He felt disgust at seeing such ostentation. Distaste implies a more or less settled dislike: to have distaste for spicy foods, for hard work. Repugnance is a strong feeling of aversion for, and antagonism toward, something: to feel repugnance for (or toward) low criminals. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for dislike
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  • It's a shame, my friend, a real shame, to dislike your own brother.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • They yielded to the repugnance rather than to the dislike of hardship.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Elizabeth Tranmore looked at her with a secret passion of dislike.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • If I had moments of dislike for the divine Bianca, I had no moments of liking for him.

  • Why Rothsay should dislike her was more than he could explain himself.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for dislike


(transitive) to consider unpleasant or disagreeable
a feeling of aversion or antipathy
Derived Forms
dislikable, dislikeable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dislike

1540s (implied in disliking), hybrid which ousted native mislike as the opposite of like. Related: Disliked; disliking. English in 16c. also had the excellent dislove "hate, cease to love," but it did not survive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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