- distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell.
- making opposition; averse.
- opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.
Origin of repugnant
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Related Wordsdistasteful, vile, incompatible, objectionable, disgusting, odious, abhorrent, contradictory, abominable, revolting, adverse, against, alien, antagonistic, antipathetic, averse, conflicting, counter, creepy, different
Examples from the Web for repugnant
It is disappointing and, frankly, frightening that Thompson walked away from his repugnant Sea World excursion scot-free.Texas Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Art
September 20, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo is even attacking it—this is sweet—as a plan that would create “repugnant inequality” across the state.New York City’s Mayor: Consultant or Politician?
March 11, 2014
If the actual facts are so repugnant to you, then why embellish them?The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
This struck many observers (yours truly included) as not only absurd but repugnant.The Supremes Get It Right, Naturally.
June 14, 2013
Moreover, taking the life of a sentient being is repugnant, a sin that prevents many devout Buddhists from slaughtering animals.Violence on Everest
Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan
May 2, 2013
She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices.The Secret Agent
To me, however, constituted as I am, the idea was most repugnant.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
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
The very thought of going to him for aid, after all that had passed, was repugnant to Ruth.Mistress Wilding
- repellent to the senses; causing aversion
- distasteful; offensive; disgusting
- contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible
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.