An antipathy is a deep-seated dislike of something or someone. Usually it's a condition that is long-term, innate, and pretty unlikely to change — like your antipathy for the Red Sox.

If you look at the Greek roots of this word — anti- (meaning "against") and pathos (meaning "feeling"), you can see that antipathy is a feeling against someone or something. In general, antipathies are considered feelings that are kept at least somewhat under wraps and are not out on the surface.

Definitions of antipathy

n a feeling of intense dislike

aversion, distaste
Type of:
a feeling of aversion or antipathy

n the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided

“cats were his greatest antipathy
Type of:
the focus of cognitions or feelings

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