verb (used with object)

to oppose or refute.

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to resist.

Origin of repugn

1325–75; Middle English repugnen < Middle French repugner < Latin repugnāre to resist, equivalent to re- re- + pugnāre to fight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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archaic to oppose or conflict (with)

Word Origin for repugn

C14: from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnāre to fight against, from re- + pugnāre to fight
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Word Origin and History for repugn

late 14c., from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnare "fight against, resist" (see repugnant). Related: Repugned; repugning.

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