- 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.
Origin of aversion
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- (usually foll by to or for) extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
- a person or thing that arouses thishe is my pet aversion
Word Origin and History for aversion-to
"a turning away from," 1590s; figurative sense of "mental attitude of repugnance" is from 1650s, from Middle French aversion and directly from Latin aversionem (nominative aversio), noun of action from past participle stem of aversus "turned away, backwards, behind, hostile," itself past participle of avertere (see avert). Earlier in the literal sense of "a turning away from" (1590s). Aversion therapy in psychology is from 1950.
- A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.
- A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection.