Antipathy  

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  1. Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.
    • Inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments to others, are to be avoided. --Washington.
  2. Natural contrariety; incompatibility; repugnancy of qualities; as, oil and water have antipathy.
    • A habit is generated of thinking that a natural antipathy exists between hope and reason. --I. Taylor.

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Antipathy is dislike for something or somebody, the opposite of sympathy. While antipathy may be induced by previous experience, it often 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. Siegmund Freud has treated this subject.

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  • Prepositions: "antipathy" is followed by to, against, or between; also sometimes by for.

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