Is there a word to describe the negative emotion you can feel for an individual you barely know, and the things you dislike about them have largely/entirely been invented in your head over a long period?

For example:

Jane had never spoken to Bob before, but after 2 years, she had strong feelings of X towards him. This most likely began when he bumped into her in the office lift. As with many cases of X, the two have barely exchanged a word in their lives.


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Thanks to: Ram Pillai


unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group; prejudice.

Source: dictionary.com

Some examples:

  1. There are tons of online disputes as to Wikipedia's reliability, accuracy, and lack of bias.

  2. Reporters must be impartial and not show political bias.


Preconceived notion

noun – An opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence.

Source: thesaurus

Some examples:

  1. her perception of him was dwarfed because of her own preconceived notion of him.

  2. she had a bad impression of him based on a preconceived notion

  • 2
    Bias...? Bias may be against or in favour of... ;)
    – Ram Pillai
    Aug 20, 2020 at 14:39
  • I think bias is pretty much what the author is looking for
    – user352103
    Aug 20, 2020 at 14:59
  • Negative bias doesn't imply a lack of communication. I can have a negative bias towards my wife, whom I speak with every day. However, I'd like a word to describe the negative bias that grows only through not speaking to someone. Aug 28, 2020 at 17:39

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