Definition of repugnance in US English:



  • Intense disgust.

    ‘our growing repugnance at the bleeding carcasses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ellis boldly probes - and speculates about - such matters as Washington's formative experiences, romantic life, sources of wealth, and evolving repugnance toward slavery.’
    • ‘I was willing to overlook, mostly, the various implausibilities, the sentimental bleeh involving the volleyball, the character's basic repugnance.’
    • ‘I could write poetry that expresses my repugnance toward being deceived.’
    • ‘Balzac once wrote that ‘the most natural emotions are those we acknowledge with the most repugnance.’’
    • ‘The picture is sexually frank, while expressing a certain repugnance at the decadence prevalent in Europe after the Great War.’
    • ‘But because of its success combined with its repugnance, spam is changing the very culture of the Internet with sorry results.’
    • ‘Kyle stuck his tongue out when he stepped in mud; there was still the slight repugnance in his voice.’
    • ‘The initial intuitive repugnance that Lyndsay feels at the idea of racial mixture is ratified by her empirical experience.’
    • ‘As long as you are prepared for the repugnance, you will more or less enjoy this graphic, gritty cinematic experiment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a review of Death in Venice, Lawrence shows his repugnance for the amount of repression involved in the Flaubert / Mann method of composition.’
    • ‘Discrimination need have nothing to do with hatred or repugnance toward those against whom it is applied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 poem is written by a narrator who looks back at '48 with a mixture of affection and repugnance; mainly the latter.’
    • ‘It is as if the early engagement of many of them with anarchism had left behind a permanent repugnance for the political struggle.’
    • ‘Gilb's portrayal of the titular character is particularly striking, effortlessly balancing eroticism and repugnance in each swoop of her floor-length gown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes an interpretation can even transform an experience of art from repugnance to appreciation and understanding.’
    revulsion, disgust, abhorrence, repulsion, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
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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’.