repugnant

[ ri-puhg-nuhnt ]
/ rɪˈpʌg nənt /

adjective

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

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 forms

re·pug·nant·ly, adverbun·re·pug·nant, adjectiveun·re·pug·nant·ly, adverb
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repugnant

/ (rɪˈpʌɡnənt) /

adjective

repellent to the senses; causing aversion
distasteful; offensive; disgusting
contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible

Derived Forms

repugnance or rare repugnancy, nounrepugnantly, adverb

Word Origin for repugnant

C14: from Latin repugnāns resisting; see repugn
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