Definition of revulsion in English:



  • 1A sense of disgust and loathing.

    ‘news of the attack will be met with sorrow and revulsion’
    • ‘To some extent, the revulsion felt by blogging's first wave is based on this.’
    • ‘Instead, there are signs of growing public revulsion over assembly-line executions and rampant police brutality and corruption.’
    • ‘Now defendants in criminal cases often are charged with offences which would fill ordinary people with horror, disgust and revulsion.’
    • ‘If labelling is to be effective, it is important that embarrassment, revulsion and even disgust be generated in the public mind.’
    • ‘But it is not moral revulsion, let alone newsworthiness, that is animating the news media.’
    • ‘It is hard not to feel a certain revulsion for so detached and apparently inhuman an attitude to childbearing.’
    • ‘I feel utter revulsion at the people that did this.’
    • ‘Gripped by a sense of revulsion at the ongoing murder campaign, several thousand heeded his call and took to the street outside City Hall.’
    • ‘A wave of revulsion washed through my body and mind as I sat, motionless, mere inches from him.’
    • ‘Since the story centers on a disabled woman's body, revulsion is a culturally supported reaction.’
    • ‘The absence of skin, odour and blood means that many visitors are surprised that they do not feel instinctive revulsion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It culminated in the Nazi racial hygiene experiments on Jews, which led to revulsion and the political stand against racism.’
    • ‘I understand the impulse to focus one's moral revulsion on the perpetrators.’
    • ‘We fear that many viewers will share Dr Weaver's revulsion at the ‘psycho’ who killed Lucy and maimed Carter.’
    • ‘The prime minister's open display of contempt for democratic accountability has only deepened the revulsion felt towards him.’
    • ‘My euphoria evaporated and was replaced by something closer to moral revulsion.’
    • ‘Widespread public revulsion at the executions exacerbated a growing alienation from the British administration in Ireland.’
    disgust, repulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
    yuck factor
    repellency, repellence
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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 ( revulsion): from French, or from Latin revulsio(n-), from revuls- torn out from the verb revellere (from re- back + vellere pull). Sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.