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[uh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /əˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
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
1590-1600; < Latin āversiōn- (stem of āversiō), equivalent to āvers(us) turned away (see averse) + -iōn- -ion
1. distaste, abhorrence, disgust.
1. predilection.
Synonym Study
1.Aversion, antipathy, loathing connote strong dislike or detestation. Aversion is an unreasoning desire to avoid that which displeases, annoys, or offends: an aversion to (or toward) cats. Antipathy is a distaste, dislike, or disgust toward something: an antipathy toward (or for) braggarts. Loathing connotes a combination of hatred and disgust, or detestation: a loathing for (or toward) hypocrisy, a criminal. Unabridged
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  • Brulon declared, that the difficulty did not proceed from any aversion to Grotius, whom the King highly esteemed.

  • Elsmere's irrationality was an aversion to doctors, from the point of view of his own ailments.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He had been so long detained in America chiefly in consequence of Wieland's aversion to the scheme which he proposed.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Disgust and aversion cannot produce them, nor are they the growth of indifference.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • That this reaction of aversion is genuine is not contradicted by the fact that we catch Erasmus himself in untruths.

British Dictionary definitions for aversion


usually foll by to or for. extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
a person or thing that arouses this: he is my pet aversion
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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.

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aversion in Medicine

aversion a·ver·sion (ə-vûr'zhən, -shən)

  1. A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.

  2. A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection.

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