or an·ti·pa·thet·i·cal

[ 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 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

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British Dictionary definitions for antipathetic



/ (ænˌtɪpəˈθɛtɪk, ˌæntɪpə-) /


(often foll by to) having or arousing a strong aversion
Derived Formsantipathetically, 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.

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