AskDefine | Define antipathy

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of intense dislike [syn: aversion, distaste]
2 the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided; "cats were his greatest antipathy"

User Contributed Dictionary



From αντιπάθεια antipatheia, noun of state from αντιπαθές antipathes "opposed in feeling", from αντί-- anti- "against" + root of πάθος pathos "feeling".


  • /ænˈtɪpəθi/, /

Extensive Definition

Antipathy is dislike for something or somebody, the opposite of sympathy. While antipathy may be induced by previous experience, it sometimes exists without a rational cause-and-effect explanation being present to the individuals involved.
Thus, the origin of antipathy has been subject to various psychological explanations, which some people find convincing and others regard as highly speculative. Sigmund Freud has treated this subject.
"A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy," said Friedrich Nietzsche

In astrology

In astrology, antipathy is the conflict in the natal horoscopes of two people who feel an aversion to each other. This relates to the concept of synastry, which means that according to astrologists beliefs, two person's horoscopes can be compared to see how compatible or incompatible they are likely to be towards each other.
Astrologic theory claims the following: The karmic implications of antipathy can explain why people fall in love, marry, fall out of love, and then divorce. Because they have agreed to meet up in this life to resolve a karmic or dharmic issue, they must initially be attracted to one another, so there will inevitably be correlations in the horoscope that will cause them to be attracted to one another. For those individuals who fall in love and want to marry, there must be strong stabilising influences in the comparison of the chart to indicate they would like to have a stable relationship with some permanence in it. As the relationship progresses, other facets of their personality will manifest though aspects, and it is these aspects will determine the success or failure of the relationship.
antipathy in German: Antipathie
antipathy in Italian: Antipatia
antipathy in Portuguese: Antipatia
antipathy in Slovak: Antipatia
antipathy in Serbian: Антипатија
antipathy in Swedish: Antipati

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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