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reluct

[ ri-luhkt ]
/ rɪˈlʌkt /
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verb (used without object)

to struggle (against something); rebel.
to object; show reluctance.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

relocate, relocation, relocation costs, relocator, relucent, reluct, reluctance, reluctant, reluctate, reluctivity, relume

Origin of reluct

1520–30; < Latin reluctārī, equivalent to re- re- + luctārī to strive, struggle, wrestle
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Examples from the Web for reluct

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

    Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions|John Donne
  • 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
  • The first glance made us reluct at encountering in the outset the writer's formidable-looking preface.

British Dictionary definitions for reluct

reluct

/ (rɪˈlʌkt) /

verb (intr) archaic

(often foll by against) to struggle or rebel
to object; show reluctance

Word Origin for reluct

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