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  1. distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell.
  2. making opposition; averse.
  3. opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.
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Origin of repugnant

1350–1400; Middle English repugnaunt < Middle French < Latin repugnant- (stem of repugnāns, present participle of repugnāre), equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -ant- -ant
Related formsre·pug·nant·ly, adverbun·re·pug·nant, adjectiveun·re·pug·nant·ly, adverb


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  • She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • To me, however, constituted as I am, the idea was most repugnant.

  • Somehow or other, the idea of her marrying anyone was repugnant to me.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Though the man was repugnant to her, she saluted him cheerfully.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The very thought of going to him for aid, after all that had passed, was repugnant to Ruth.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for repugnant


  1. repellent to the senses; causing aversion
  2. distasteful; offensive; disgusting
  3. contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible
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Derived Formsrepugnance or rare repugnancy, nounrepugnantly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin repugnāns resisting; see repugn
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Word Origin and History for repugnant


late 14c., "contrary, contradictory," from Old French repugnant "contradictory, opposing" or directly from Latin repugnantem (nominative repugnans), present participle of repugnare "to resist, fight back, oppose; disagree, be incompatible," from re- "back" (see re-) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Meaning "distasteful, objectionable" is from 1777.

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