[dis-guhs-ting, dih-skuhs-]


causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste.

Origin of disgusting

First recorded in 1745–55; disgust + -ing2
Related formsdis·gust·ing·ly, adjectivedis·gust·ing·ness, noun

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[dis-guhst, dih-skuhst]

verb (used with object)

to cause loathing or nausea in.
to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in: Your vulgar remarks disgust me.


a strong distaste; nausea; loathing.
repugnance caused by something offensive; strong aversion: He left the room in disgust.

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
Can be confuseddiscussed disgust

Synonyms for disgust

Synonym study

4. See dislike.

Antonyms for disgust

1. delight. 4. relish.
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loathsome; repugnantAlso (rare): disgustful
Derived Formsdisgustingly, adverb


verb (tr)

to sicken or fill with loathing
to offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of


a great loathing or distaste aroused by someone or something
in disgust as a result of disgust
Derived Formsdisgustedly, adverbdisgustedness, noun

Word Origin for disgust

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 disgusting



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).



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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