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repugnance

or repugnancy

[ri-puhg-nuh ns or ri-puhg-nuh n-see] /rɪˈpʌg nəns or rɪˈpʌg nən si/
noun
1.
the state of being repugnant.
2.
strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
3.
contradictoriness or inconsistency.
Origin of repugnance
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin repugnantia, equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -antia -ance
Synonyms
2. hatred, hostility. 3. contrariety, incompatibility, irreconcilability.
Antonyms
2. attraction, liking. 3. compatibility.
Synonym Study
2. See dislike.
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Historical Examples
  • As she herself could have assigned no cause for her repugnance, it might be termed instinctive.

    Sylph Etherege Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It is strange,—the repugnance with which she regarded the suit of her affianced!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Again the thought of it brought Helen a feeling of repugnance.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He did not like to see it on his desk, he had a repugnance to touch it.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Wounded in all her feelings, full of repugnance, she could not get used to it all.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Her limbs, which were still burning, shuddered with repugnance.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • But it would need more than repugnance to save him from his destiny.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • "No," he said, and there was repugnance in his tone and face.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Have you remembered their pride, their repugnance to the Saxon?

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I asked the reason of this repugnance, and she only gave me a vague, unmeaning answer.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for repugnance
n.

late 14c., from Old French repugnance "opposition, resistance" (13c.) or directly from Latin repugnantia "incompatibility," from stem of repugnare "resist, disagree, be incompatible" (see repugnant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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