Definition of revulsion in English:



mass noun
  • 1A sense of disgust and loathing.

    ‘news of the attack will be met with sorrow and revulsion’
    • ‘We fear that many viewers will share Dr Weaver's revulsion at the ‘psycho’ who killed Lucy and maimed Carter.’
    • ‘My euphoria evaporated and was replaced by something closer to moral revulsion.’
    • ‘Since the story centers on a disabled woman's body, revulsion is a culturally supported reaction.’
    • ‘But it is not moral revulsion, let alone newsworthiness, that is animating the news media.’
    • ‘It came as a shock to me that not all men share this revulsion at body fat.’
    • ‘As Ken surveyed my body, revulsion led my retreat into our kitchenette, where I politely excused myself.’
    • ‘She raised her hand in front of her face and stared at it in shock and revulsion as she saw the drying blood there.’
    • ‘Now defendants in criminal cases often are charged with offences which would fill ordinary people with horror, disgust and revulsion.’
    • ‘Instead, there are signs of growing public revulsion over assembly-line executions and rampant police brutality and corruption.’
    • ‘Widespread public revulsion at the executions exacerbated a growing alienation from the British administration in Ireland.’
    • ‘The prime minister's open display of contempt for democratic accountability has only deepened the revulsion felt towards him.’
    • ‘The absence of skin, odour and blood means that many visitors are surprised that they do not feel instinctive revulsion.’
    • ‘Gripped by a sense of revulsion at the ongoing murder campaign, several thousand heeded his call and took to the street outside City Hall.’
    • ‘It is hard not to feel a certain revulsion for so detached and apparently inhuman an attitude to childbearing.’
    • ‘I understand the impulse to focus one's moral revulsion on the perpetrators.’
    • ‘It culminated in the Nazi racial hygiene experiments on Jews, which led to revulsion and the political stand against racism.’
    • ‘If labelling is to be effective, it is important that embarrassment, revulsion and even disgust be generated in the public mind.’
    • ‘A wave of revulsion washed through my body and mind as I sat, motionless, mere inches from him.’
    • ‘I feel utter revulsion at the people that did this.’
    • ‘To some extent, the revulsion felt by blogging's first wave is based on this.’
    disgust, repulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
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  • 2Medicine
    historical The drawing of disease or blood congestion from one part of the body to another, e.g. by counterirritation.

    • ‘From observing the extraordinary cures effected by the aid of revulsion medical men have been borne away too much by an attachment to this mode of treatment.’


Mid 16th century (in revulsion (sense 2)): from French, or from Latin revulsio(n-), from revuls- ‘torn out’, from the verb revellere (from re- ‘back’ + vellere ‘pull’). revulsion (sense 1) dates from the early 19th century.