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aversion

[ uh-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
/ əˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of aversion

1590–1600; <Latin āversiōn- (stem of āversiō), equivalent to āvers(us) turned away (see averse) + -iōn--ion
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for aversion

aversion
/ (əˈvɜːʃən) /

noun

(usually foll by to or for) extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
a person or thing that arouses thishe is my pet aversion
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Medical definitions for aversion

aversion
[ ə-vûrzhən ]

n.

A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.
A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection.
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