or an·ti·pa·thet·i·cal

[an-ti-puh-thet-ik or an-ti-puh-thet-i-kuh l; an-tip-uh-]


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 formsan·ti·pa·thet·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·thet·i·cal·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for antipathetic

antagonistic, averse, contrary, hostile, nasty, unfriendly

Examples from the Web for antipathetic

Historical Examples of antipathetic

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

  • 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.


    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




(often foll by to) having or arousing a strong aversion
Derived Formsantipathetically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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