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verb (used with object)
  1. to oppose or refute.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to resist.
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Origin of repugn

1325–75; Middle English repugnen < Middle French repugner < Latin repugnāre to resist, equivalent to re- re- + pugnāre to fight
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Historical Examples

  • The Gospel appeared to repugn this proposition—'let them both grow unto the harvest.'

    The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland

    John Knox

British Dictionary definitions for repugn


  1. archaic to oppose or conflict (with)
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Word Origin

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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