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 (ăn-tĭp′ə-thĕt′ĭk) also an·tip·a·thet·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
a. Having or showing a strong aversion or repugnance: antipathetic to new ideas.
b. Opposed in nature or character; antagonistic: antipathetic factions within the party.
2. Causing a feeling of antipathy; repugnant: "The whole place and everything about it was antipathetic to her" (Anthony Trollope).

an·tip′a·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


(ænˌtɪpəˈθɛtɪk; ˌæntɪpə-) or


(often foll by to) having or arousing a strong aversion
ˌantipaˈthetically adv


(ˌæn tɪ pəˈθɛt ɪk, ænˌtɪp ə-)

also an`ti•pa•thet′i•cal,

1. having or showing antipathy or a basic aversion.
2. causing or likely to cause antipathy.
an`ti•pa•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.antipathetic - (usually followed by `to') strongly opposedantipathetic - (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed; "antipathetic to new ideas"; "averse to taking risks"; "loath to go on such short notice"; "clearly indisposed to grant their request"
disinclined - unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval; "disinclined to say anything to anybody"
2.antipathetic - characterized by antagonism or antipathyantipathetic - characterized by antagonism or antipathy; "slaves antagonistic to their masters"; "antipathetic factions within the party"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"


1. Acting against or in opposition:


[ˌæntɪpəˈθetɪk] ADJhostil (to a)


adj to be antipathetic to somebody/somethingeine Antipathie or Abneigung gegen jdn/etw haben; somebody/something is antipathetic to somebody (= arouses antipathy in)jd/etw ist jdm unsympathisch
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It had always seemed to Prince Andrew before that he was antipathetic to the Emperor and that the latter disliked his face and personality generally, and in the cold, repellent glance the Emperor gave him, he now found further confirmation of this surmise.
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