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[dis-guhst, dih-skuhst]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause loathing or nausea in.
  2. to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in: Your vulgar remarks disgust me.
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  1. a strong distaste; nausea; loathing.
  2. repugnance caused by something offensive; strong aversion: He left the room in disgust.
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Origin of disgust

1590–1600; (v.) < Middle French desgouster, equivalent to des- dis-1 + gouster to taste, relish, derivative of goust taste < Latin gusta (see choose); (noun) < Middle French desgoust, derivative of the v.
Related formsdis·gust·ed·ly, adverbdis·gust·ed·ness, nounpre·dis·gust, nounqua·si-dis·gust·ed, adjectivequa·si-dis·gust·ed·ly, adverbself-dis·gust, nounun·dis·gust·ed, adjective
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4. See dislike.


1. delight. 4. relish.
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  • To the disgust of the latter, Robert actually had the presumption to walk home with Hester.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • At him, when I could glance at him, with disgust little short of affrightment.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "Say, take me out of here," she cried in a voice surcharged with disgust.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She left the easel in disgust and refused to touch it again for a week.

  • To my disgust I found that Silberer positively refused to make a rush of it.

British Dictionary definitions for disgust


verb (tr)
  1. to sicken or fill with loathing
  2. to offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of
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  1. a great loathing or distaste aroused by someone or something
  2. in disgust as a result of disgust
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Derived Formsdisgustedly, adverbdisgustedness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French desgouster, from des- dis- 1 + gouster to taste, from goust taste, from Latin gustus
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Word Origin and History for disgust


1590s, from Middle French desgoust "strong dislike, repugnance," literally "distaste" (16c., Modern French dégoût), from desgouster "have a distaste for," from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + gouster "taste," from Latin gustare "to taste" (see gusto).

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c.1600, from Middle French desgouster "have a distaste for" (see disgust (n.)). Sense has strengthened over time, and subject and object have been reversed: cf. "It is not very palatable, which makes some disgust it" (1660s). The reverse sense of "to excite nausea" is attested from 1640s. Related: Disgusted; disgusting.

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