- to oppose or refute.
- Archaic. to resist.
Origin of repugn
1325–75; Middle English repugnen < Middle French repugner < Latin repugnāre to resist, equivalent to re- re- + pugnāre to fight
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Examples from the Web for repugn
The Gospel appeared to repugn this proposition—'let them both grow unto the harvest.'
- archaic to oppose or conflict (with)
C14: from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnāre to fight against, from re- + pugnāre to fight
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Word Origin and History for repugn
late 14c., from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnare "fight against, resist" (see repugnant). Related: Repugned; repugning.
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