One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A strong dislike or disinclination.‘he had a deep-seated aversion to most forms of exercise’
dislike of, distaste for, disinclination, abhorrence, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, odium, antipathy, hostilityView synonyms
- ‘He also observed the students learning an aversion to investigating patients' social and psychological problems.’
- ‘Rats have evolved a strong, innate aversion to the smells of their predators.’
- ‘Victims would develop an aversion to garlic and other blood-thinning agents.’
- ‘How could a taste for certain bright colours or an aversion to others possibly have helped our ancestors to survive?’
- ‘Your latex allergy has brought me untold misery and your aversion to hot wax has cost me hundreds at the laser salon.’
- ‘He had an aversion to horror movies, but he would have preferred one to what he had seen on the screen.’
- ‘So many of us strive to raise our children with good moral values including an aversion to violence and aggression.’
- ‘Our palates all have the same five types of detectors, the same aversion to bitter and mania for sweet.’
- ‘For the most part, I hate losing hard earned money, hence my aversion to Las Vegas.’
- ‘Not surprisingly, the aversion may be stronger when the person in question is a stranger.’
- ‘This impression was often based on an aversion to the strong odour of the camels rather than the cameleers themselves.’
- ‘The U.S. government has a strong aversion to any commitments it does not think it will keep.’
- ‘Schopenhauer had an aversion to fighting, and even more of an aversion to fighting on the Prussian side against the French.’
- ‘I was a radio deejay for a time, so I have a strong aversion to anybody tampering with my visions of a real artist.’
- ‘What unites them is not an aversion to change, but an aversion to imposed change.’
- ‘On the other hand, if the diet was familiar to them, then they did not form a significant aversion to it.’
- ‘She liked him, which is extremely important given her strong aversion to doctors.’
- ‘Ultimately what it amounts to is an aversion to pretentiousness and egomania.’
- ‘On the other hand, the standard tones could mean a lack of daring or even an aversion to technology.’
- ‘After 20-odd years of this, my sister and I had a strong aversion to turkey, as it reminded us of some of the worst ever days of our lives.’
- 1.1 Someone or something that arouses strong feelings of dislike.
- ‘One of my pet aversions is sitting cooped up in an aircraft in a not too spacious or comfortable seat and being pummeled.’
- ‘The disciplined worker, he indicated, ‘was entitled to his own pet aversions.’’
- ‘From the start, his themes were expressive of his personal traumas, his aversions and aspirations, and above all conflict with authority.’
- ‘This led to their conclusion that odors associated with toxicity, like warning colors, can have a special intrinsic warning value and trigger innate aversions.’
- ‘I have some food aversions and was wondering who else had some they wanted to share.’
Late 16th century (originally denoting the action of turning away or averting one's eyes): from Latin aversio(n-), from avertere ‘turn away from’ (see avert).
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