Definition of aversion in US English:



  • 1A strong dislike or disinclination.

    ‘he had a deep-seated aversion to most forms of exercise’
    • ‘What unites them is not an aversion to change, but an aversion to imposed change.’
    • ‘Rats have evolved a strong, innate aversion to the smells of their predators.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the standard tones could mean a lack of daring or even an aversion to technology.’
    • ‘How could a taste for certain bright colours or an aversion to others possibly have helped our ancestors to survive?’
    • ‘Victims would develop an aversion to garlic and other blood-thinning agents.’
    • ‘So many of us strive to raise our children with good moral values including an aversion to violence and aggression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ultimately what it amounts to is an aversion to pretentiousness and egomania.’
    • ‘He had an aversion to horror movies, but he would have preferred one to what he had seen on the screen.’
    • ‘She liked him, which is extremely important given her strong aversion to doctors.’
    • ‘I was a radio deejay for a time, so I have a strong aversion to anybody tampering with my visions of a real artist.’
    • ‘Our palates all have the same five types of detectors, the same aversion to bitter and mania for sweet.’
    • ‘He also observed the students learning an aversion to investigating patients' social and psychological problems.’
    • ‘The U.S. government has a strong aversion to any commitments it does not think it will keep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the diet was familiar to them, then they did not form a significant aversion to it.’
    • ‘Schopenhauer had an aversion to fighting, and even more of an aversion to fighting on the Prussian side against the French.’
    • ‘Your latex allergy has brought me untold misery and your aversion to hot wax has cost me hundreds at the laser salon.’
    • ‘For the most part, I hate losing hard earned money, hence my aversion to Las Vegas.’
    dislike of, distaste for, disinclination, abhorrence, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, odium, antipathy, hostility
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    1. 1.1 Someone or something that arouses strong feelings of dislike.
      • ‘I have some food aversions and was wondering who else had some they wanted to share.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘This led to their conclusion that odors associated with toxicity, like warning colors, can have a special intrinsic warning value and trigger innate aversions.’
      • ‘From the start, his themes were expressive of his personal traumas, his aversions and aspirations, and above all conflict with authority.’


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).