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- ("against") and pathos ("feeling") — you can see that antipathy is a feeling against someone or something. In general, antipathies are feelings that are kept at least somewhat under wraps and are not out in the open.

Definitions of antipathy
  1. noun
    a feeling of intense dislike
    synonyms: aversion, distaste
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    type of:
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
  2. noun
    the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided
    “cats were his greatest antipathy
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    type of:
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
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