noun, plural an·tip·a·thies.

a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion.
an instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling.
an object of natural aversion or habitual dislike.

Origin of antipathy

1595–1605; < Latin antipathīa < Greek antipátheia. See anti-, -pathy
Related formsan·tip·a·thist, noun

Synonyms for antipathy

Synonym study

1. See aversion.

Antonyms for antipathy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antipathy

Contemporary Examples of antipathy

Historical Examples of antipathy

  • Probably Angus entertained some of the antipathy to Scotchmen which was peculiar to his age.

  • The very sentiments which I then expressed proclaimed my antipathy to the practice.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Perhaps this was because of his antipathy to M. Leandre and to the issue involved.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • But let us come in earnest to those who have really had an antipathy to wine.

    Ebrietatis Encomium

    Boniface Oinophilus

  • Both of you had an antipathy to him, and indeed I own to concurring in the sentiment.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for antipathy


noun plural -thies

a feeling of intense aversion, dislike, or hostility
the object of such a feeling

Word Origin for antipathy

C17: from Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, from anti- + patheia feeling
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Word Origin and History for antipathy

c.1600, from Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, noun of state from antipathes "opposed in feeling, having opposite feeling; in return for suffering; felt mutually," from anti- "against" (see anti-) + root of pathos "feeling" (see pathos).

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