- a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy (usually followed by to): a strong aversion to snakes and spiders.
- a cause or object of dislike; person or thing that causes antipathy: His pet aversion is guests who are always late.
- Obsolete. the act of averting; a turning away or preventing.
Origin of aversion
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Examples from the Web for aversion
As newspapers began to reach broader segments of the population, the aversion to reporting on domestic matters lingered.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
My aversion started back in medical school, which was right when “ER” debuted.Scandal’s Finale Featured One of the Most Preposterous TV Deaths Ever
April 19, 2014
We have basically over-calibrated in our reaction to germs—our aversion to them has created a new vulnerability.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
And in general, most people have an aversion to topics which are likely to trigger a personal grudge in a coworker.Why Do Economists Urge College, But Not Marriage?
March 20, 2013
The only thing approaching an ideological commitment that Lapid has ever clearly expressed is an aversion to the ultra-Orthodox.Yair Lapid Is No Cause For Optimism
Emily L. Hauser
January 23, 2013
As to this odious Solmes, I wonder not at your aversion to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"I've an aversion to your eloquent old heathen," she pleaded.Quaint Courtships
How can one like and have an aversion to a person at the same time?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
But what can be said in the case of an aversion so perfectly sincere?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
If you had held your aversion, it would have been complied with.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- (usually foll by to or for) extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
- a person or thing that arouses thishe is my pet aversion
Word Origin and History for aversion
"a turning away from," 1590s; figurative sense of "mental attitude of repugnance" is from 1650s, from Middle French aversion and directly from Latin aversionem (nominative aversio), noun of action from past participle stem of aversus "turned away, backwards, behind, hostile," itself past participle of avertere (see avert). Earlier in the literal sense of "a turning away from" (1590s). Aversion therapy in psychology is from 1950.
- A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.
- A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection.