Definition of repugnance in English:



  • [mass noun] Intense disgust.

    ‘our repugnance at the bleeding carcasses’
    • ‘Kyle stuck his tongue out when he stepped in mud; there was still the slight repugnance in his voice.’
    • ‘His particular affinity is with the Spanish modems, several of whom he has translated; his own poems make similar broad, confident statements of repugnance and loyalty.’
    • ‘In a review of Death in Venice, Lawrence shows his repugnance for the amount of repression involved in the Flaubert / Mann method of composition.’
    • ‘I could write poetry that expresses my repugnance toward being deceived.’
    • ‘The poem is written by a narrator who looks back at '48 with a mixture of affection and repugnance; mainly the latter.’
    • ‘Sometimes an interpretation can even transform an experience of art from repugnance to appreciation and understanding.’
    • ‘Discrimination need have nothing to do with hatred or repugnance toward those against whom it is applied.’
    • ‘But because of its success combined with its repugnance, spam is changing the very culture of the Internet with sorry results.’
    • ‘Marlow knows that there is a great deal of repugnance in what he is doing, yet he finds himself forced to deal with it in his own personal way, which is justify it or ignore it.’
    • ‘As long as you are prepared for the repugnance, you will more or less enjoy this graphic, gritty cinematic experiment.’
    • ‘Though he was positively influenced by the role of the State in France and Germany, he sometimes expressed his repugnance at what he found to be an excess of State intervention in these countries.’
    • ‘It is as if the early engagement of many of them with anarchism had left behind a permanent repugnance for the political struggle.’
    • ‘The picture is sexually frank, while expressing a certain repugnance at the decadence prevalent in Europe after the Great War.’
    • ‘Ellis boldly probes - and speculates about - such matters as Washington's formative experiences, romantic life, sources of wealth, and evolving repugnance toward slavery.’
    • ‘Balzac once wrote that ‘the most natural emotions are those we acknowledge with the most repugnance.’’
    • ‘I was willing to overlook, mostly, the various implausibilities, the sentimental bleeh involving the volleyball, the character's basic repugnance.’
    • ‘Gilb's portrayal of the titular character is particularly striking, effortlessly balancing eroticism and repugnance in each swoop of her floor-length gown.’
    • ‘But, intimately acquainted with the Kirshner world through his familial ties, Andras's repugnance is complicated by a potent blend of envy, exile, and secret longing.’
    • ‘The initial intuitive repugnance that Lyndsay feels at the idea of racial mixture is ratified by her empirical experience.’
    • ‘One empathised with him and his longing to stroke things that enabled him to retreat from a world where people with his mental disability are treated with repugnance and lack of understanding.’
    revulsion, disgust, abhorrence, repulsion, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
    yuck factor
    repellency, repellence
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘opposition’): from Old French repugnance or Latin repugnantia, from repugnare oppose, from re- (expressing opposition) + pugnare to fight.