dislike

Put simply, to dislike can be used as a transitive verb that means to "not like." Maybe you dislike spinach. But it can also be a noun, as in "You seem to have developed quite a dislike for spinach."

English being a language of trial-and-error, the word dislike came about in the mid-16th Century, as modern English was still in its infancy. At that time, some words were tried and discarded, to be replaced with others that stuck. That was the case with dislike, which developed after the word "mislike" was dropped as the opposite of "like." Speaking of prefixes, don't confuse the word dislike with "unlike," which means that something is different from something else.

Definitions of dislike
  1. noun
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
    “my dislike of him was instinctive”
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    liking
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
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    disinclination
    that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike
    Anglophobia
    dislike (or fear) of Britain and British customs
    unfriendliness
    dislike experienced as an absence of friendliness
    alienation, disaffection, estrangement
    the feeling of being alienated from other people
    antipathy, aversion, distaste
    a feeling of intense dislike
    disapproval
    a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing
    contempt, despite, disdain, scorn
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    disgust
    strong feelings of dislike
    creepy-crawlies
    feelings of dislike and anxiety
    scunner
    a strong dislike
    technophobia
    dislike for new technology
    antagonism
    an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
    isolation
    a feeling of being disliked and alone
    abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, loathing, odium
    hate coupled with disgust
    horror, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion
    intense aversion
    nausea
    disgust so strong it makes you feel sick
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    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
    synonyms: disapproval, disfavor, disfavour
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    doghouse
    an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
    reprobation
    severe disapproval
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    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  3. verb
    have or feel a dislike or distaste for
    “I really dislike this salesman”
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    like
    find enjoyable or agreeable
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    resent
    feel bitter or indignant about
    detest, hate
    dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
    grudge, stew
    bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
    abhor, abominate, execrate, loathe
    find repugnant
    contemn, despise, disdain, scorn
    look down on with disdain
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