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or re·pug·nan·cy

[ri-puhg-nuhns or ri-puhg-nuhn-see]
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  1. the state of being repugnant.
  2. strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
  3. contradictoriness or inconsistency.
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Origin of repugnance

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


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2. See dislike.


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Historical Examples

  • As she herself could have assigned no cause for her repugnance, it might be termed instinctive.

    Sylph Etherege

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It is strange,—the repugnance with which she regarded the suit of her affianced!

  • Again the thought of it brought Helen a feeling of repugnance.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He did not like to see it on his desk, he had a repugnance to touch it.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Wounded in all her feelings, full of repugnance, she could not get used to it all.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

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).

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