repugnant

[ri-puhg-nuhnt]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. repudiate,
  2. repudiation,
  3. repudiatory,
  4. repugn,
  5. repugnance,
  6. repulse,
  7. repulsion,
  8. repulsive,
  9. repulsively,
  10. repurchase

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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British Dictionary definitions for repugnant

repugnant

adjective

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

Word Origin for repugnant

C14: from Latin repugnāns resisting; see repugn

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Word Origin and History for repugnant

repugnant

adj.

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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