- a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike: Cruelty fills me with revulsion.
- a sudden and violent change of feeling or response in sentiment, taste, etc.
- the act of drawing something back or away.
- the fact of being so drawn.
- Medicine/Medical. the diminution of morbid action in one part of the body by irritation in another.
Origin of revulsion
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Examples from the Web for revulsion
As a wave of revulsion spread across the internet, he began to backtrack.British Politician Threatens To Punch Muslim Woman in the Throat
June 20, 2014
Wizner said he understood the revulsion: The interchange looked like cheap agitprop.Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up
April 21, 2014
“I think I would like for people to feel a mix of revulsion and attraction, that would be nice,” says Lobo.Sexually-Charged Napalm Sculptures Debut at Gallery Diet in Miami
March 14, 2014
Will Rachel gain admission to Fantasy Island (i.e., upper-crust Singapore) or be booted off, or flee in revulsion?Gatsby in Asia
June 29, 2013
Amid the revulsion at the earlier horror of the clip, this became a mere background detail.Exclusive: Former WikiLeaks Employee James Ball Describes Working With Julian Assange
May 30, 2013
The revulsion accentuated her enjoyment of the picturesque aspects of the scene.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The revulsion of feeling, the unspeakable horror, the remorse, was more than I could bear.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
In the revulsion of grief, he turned almost with resentment upon Hamish.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
In the first revulsion of feeling, I was perhaps unjust to my associates.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
"I'll come with you, Gaspare," she said, with a revulsion of feeling.A Spirit in Prison
- a sudden and unpleasant violent reaction in feeling, esp one of extreme loathing
- the act or an instance of drawing back or recoiling from something
- obsolete the diversion of disease or congestion from one part of the body to another by cupping, counterirritants, etc
Word Origin and History for revulsion
1540s, as a medical term, from Middle French revulsion (16c.) or directly from Latin revulsionem (nominative revulsio) "a tearing off, act of pulling away," noun of action from past participle stem of revellere "to pull away," from re- "away" (see re-) + vellere "to tear, pull," from PIE *wel- "to tear, pull." The meaning "sudden reaction of disgust" is first attested 1816.
- A sudden, strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
- Counterirritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to an affected area.