repugnance

or re·pug·nan·cy

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

noun

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.
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Word Origin and History for repugnance

repugnance


n.

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).

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