or re·pug·nan·cy

[ ri-puhg-nuhns or ri-puhg-nuhn-see ]
/ rɪˈpʌg nəns or rɪˈpʌg nən si /


the state of being repugnant.
strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
contradictoriness or inconsistency.

Origin of repugnance

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin repugnantia, equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -antia -ance

Synonym study

2. See dislike. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for repugnance



late 14c., from Old French repugnance "opposition, resistance" (13c.) or directly from Latin repugnantia "incompatibility," from stem of repugnare "resist, disagree, be incompatible" (see repugnant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper