Definition of yuck factor in US English:

yuck factor

noun

informal
  • A feeling of horror, revulsion, or disgust generated by an aspect of an idea, action, situation, etc.

    ‘water recycling is problematic even aside from the yuck factor of drinking purified sewage’
    • ‘"We know that when people first hear about these issues they experience the 'yuck factor' and they react with horror," she said.’
    • ‘Orange County residents went through that yuck factor when they started to recycling sewage this year.’
    • ‘And the construction of human-animal hybrid embryos pushes the yuck factor right up to the limit.’
    • ‘There's a big yuck factor in the kiss.’
    • ‘With hands-only CPR, advocates say, potential rescuers don't have to contemplate what for some could be the "yuck factor" of putting their mouth to an unconscious person's and breathing for them.’
    • ‘And so it raises a yuck factor in their minds.’
    • ‘Probably most of his classmates that morning were concentrating on the yuck factor of that dirty cup.’
    • ‘Underlying much of the concern about a calf that is not even herself a clone is the "yuck factor".’
    • ‘And I think it added to what we will call the sort of yuck factor to the story.’
    • ‘Despite a mild yuck factor and general discomfort of watching people's lives in constant flux, I do not hesitate to recommend it as a huge feel-good movie.’
    • ‘There ought to be a yuck factor, but there isn't.’
    • ‘Somewhere in between lies what one can call the yuck factor.’
    • ‘If we could only get over the 'yuck factor,' a bug sector may be a welcome addition to the roster of Canadian agricultural products.’
    • ‘One of the first things she confronted in making the documentary, says the director, was "the yuck factor," the reaction that could cause viewers to say: "Yuck, I don't want to look at this."’
    • ‘Note the similarity to the yuck factor used to justify banning cloning and other biotech/biomedical innovations.’
    • ‘When it comes to thinking about how to regulate the science, the best test may be the "yuck factor."’
    • ‘The only disadvantage of this type of therapy other than the yuck factor is the tickling sensation felt by some patients.’
    disgust, repulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
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