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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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Examples from the Web for repugnancy

Historical Examples

  • From the contrary; the repugnancy betwixt Christ and the diuel.

    Diary of John Manningham

    John Manningham

  • But they make this repugnancy yet more evident by their demonstration.

  • The criticisms of the bill that have come to us from foreign sources may well be rejected for repugnancy.

  • On the other part, in opposition and repugnancy hereto, the philosophers say that idleness is the mother of luxury.

  • At any rate, the fact is that the law has established three degrees in the effect of repugnancy.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Word Origin and History for repugnancy



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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