from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or showing a strong aversion or repugnance: antipathetic to new ideas.
  • adj. Opposed in nature or character; antagonistic: antipathetic factions within the party.
  • adj. Causing a feeling of antipathy; repugnant: "The whole place and everything about it was antipathetic to her” ( Anthony Trollope).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or showing a strong aversion or repugnance
  • adj. Opposed in nature or character; antagonistic
  • adj. Causing a feeling of antipathy; repugnant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a natural contrariety, or constitutional aversion, to a thing; characterized by antipathy; -- often followed by to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a natural antipathy, contrariety, or constitutional aversion: with to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by antagonism or antipathy
  • adj. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Schoenfeld is "antipathetic" to the New York Times.

    Power Line

  • On the larger issue: Given that the Iranians and the Arabs (1) speak totally unrelated languages and (2) subscribe to antipathetic versions of Islam, is there any real likelihood that they will ever pursue a coordinated policy toward the West for any length of time?

    Matthew Yglesias » Gulf Stability and the New Iraq

  • The "detective" comment is particularly interesting here, because I think there's a * strong* vein of contemporary strange fiction in the "infusion fantasy" mode (see the "Seams" post) where the warping of the worldscape is, like much SF, a metaphoric modeling of society (and (post) modernity), where the worldscape is not sympathetic or antipathetic but ... argued and arguable and in argument.

    A Theory of Modes and Modalities

  • They are merely antipathetic to the emotional state they place them in.

    No empathy for empathy

  • Not only does this keep Lebanon rightfully antipathetic towards Israel, it continues in the minds of many to legitimize the existence of a resistance movement, Hezbollah.

    Patrick Galey: Israel, Lebanon and the Fight for Fossil Fuels

  • It turns out that, unbeknownst to Holly and, um, actually, his name is Eric Messer, but everyone calls him Messer - anyway, Peter and Alison wrote a will giving joint custody of Sophie to the antipathetic godparents.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Life as We Know It

  • But Schoenfeld clearly wants a well-known news organization like the New York Times and its journalists, to which he is obviously antipathetic, to be prosecuted to create what lawyers call a chilling effect on the rest of the American news media, persuading them to abdicate their right and responsibility to decide what they publish and broadcast.

    Book review: 'Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law' by Gabriel Schoenfeld

  • On the other hand, those lines are foreign, unintelligible and antipathetic to the mentalities of the Arab communites that represent the large majority in the country.

    Prophesying Palestine

  • Additionally, the huge group of recent immigrants to America were Scots-Irish, antipathetic to the crown for good reason.

    It’s Patriots’ Day

  • For the first half of her campaign it allowed women to see Clinton as representative of the masculine norm from whom they could feel distant or antipathetic without guilt.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry


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