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verb (used without object)
  1. to struggle (against something); rebel.
  2. to object; show reluctance.
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Origin of reluct

1520–30; < Latin reluctārī, equivalent to re- re- + luctārī to strive, struggle, wrestle
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Related Words for reluct

horrify, sicken, offend, repulse, disgust, repel, rebuff, afflict, nauseate, affect, disturb, displease, revolt, bother, shock, upset, insult, irk, outrage, disenchant

Examples from the Web for reluct

Historical Examples of reluct

  • The first glance made us reluct at encountering in the outset the writer's formidable-looking preface.

    The Knickerbocker, or The New-York Monthly Magazine, December 1843


  • Milton makes Adam reluct and wrangle, but it is easy to see he will succumb to his wife's persuasions.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • He was by nature highly passionate, but more apt to reluct at the excesses of it.

British Dictionary definitions for reluct


verb (intr) archaic
  1. (often foll by against) to struggle or rebel
  2. to object; show reluctance
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Word Origin for reluct

C16: from Latin reluctārī to resist, from re- + luctārī to struggle
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