Definition of aversion in English:

aversion

noun

  • 1A strong dislike or disinclination.

    ‘he had a deep-seated aversion to most forms of exercise’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the diet was familiar to them, then they did not form a significant aversion to it.’
    • ‘For the most part, I hate losing hard earned money, hence my aversion to Las Vegas.’
    • ‘I was a radio deejay for a time, so I have a strong aversion to anybody tampering with my visions of a real artist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your latex allergy has brought me untold misery and your aversion to hot wax has cost me hundreds at the laser salon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the aversion may be stronger when the person in question is a stranger.’
    • ‘Schopenhauer had an aversion to fighting, and even more of an aversion to fighting on the Prussian side against the French.’
    • ‘She liked him, which is extremely important given her strong aversion to doctors.’
    • ‘What unites them is not an aversion to change, but an aversion to imposed change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the standard tones could mean a lack of daring or even an aversion to technology.’
    • ‘Rats have evolved a strong, innate aversion to the smells of their predators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our palates all have the same five types of detectors, the same aversion to bitter and mania for sweet.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have some food aversions and was wondering who else had some they wanted to share.’
      • ‘This led to their conclusion that odors associated with toxicity, like warning colors, can have a special intrinsic warning value and trigger innate aversions.’
      • ‘One of my pet aversions is sitting cooped up in an aircraft in a not too spacious or comfortable seat and being pummeled.’

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

aversion

/əˈvərZHən//əˈvərʒən/