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[ri-puhg-nuh nt] /rɪˈpʌg nənt/
distasteful, objectionable, or offensive:
a repugnant smell.
making opposition; averse.
opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.
Origin of repugnant
1350-1400; Middle English repugnaunt < Middle French < Latin repugnant- (stem of repugnāns, present participle of repugnāre), equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -ant- -ant
Related forms
repugnantly, adverb
unrepugnant, adjective
unrepugnantly, adverb
3. antagonistic, adverse, hostile. Unabridged
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  • She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • To me, however, constituted as I am, the idea was most repugnant.

  • Somehow or other, the idea of her marrying anyone was repugnant to me.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Though the man was repugnant to her, she saluted him cheerfully.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The very thought of going to him for aid, after all that had passed, was repugnant to Ruth.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for repugnant


repellent to the senses; causing aversion
distasteful; offensive; disgusting
contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible
Derived Forms
repugnance, (rare) repugnancy, noun
repugnantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin repugnāns resisting; see repugn
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Word Origin and History for repugnant

late 14c., "contrary, contradictory," from Old French repugnant "contradictory, opposing" or directly from Latin repugnantem (nominative repugnans), present participle of repugnare "to resist, fight back, oppose; disagree, be incompatible," from re- "back" (see re-) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Meaning "distasteful, objectionable" is from 1777.

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