Word of the Day Archive
Saturday January 26, 2013
1. Opposed, averse, or contrary; having or showing antipathy: They were antipathetic to many of the proposed changes .
2. Causing or likely to cause antipathy: The new management was antipathetic to all of us.
The Psalms are really antipathetic to the modern mind, because the modern mind is so abstracted and logical, it cannot bear the non-logical imagery of the Hebrew hymns, the sort of confusion, the never going straight ahead.
-- D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation
Collingswood's teachers had either been indifferent or mildly antipathetic to her. One man, her biology teacher, had more actively disliked her.
-- China Miéville, Kraken
Antipathetic stems from the Greek root pathos which meant "suffering, sensation." The Greek word antipathḗs meant "opposed in feeling."