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repugnant

[ri-puhg-nuhnt]
adjective
  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

Synonyms for repugnant

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Historical Examples of repugnantly

  • Thus Manuel spoke, and steadily the fire upon the altar grew larger and brighter as he nourished it repugnantly.

    Figures of Earth

    James Branch Cabell

  • Tesla fastened a repugnantly appreciative eye upon her, as if he were becoming privy to an exclusive secret.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • In the silence that followed, Trent drew away from her—slowly, repugnantly, as though from something monstrous and unclean.

    The Hermit of Far End

    Margaret Pedler

  • Repugnantly he jerked a thumb in silent invitation toward a plate of sandwiches.


British Dictionary definitions for repugnantly

repugnant

adjective
  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 for repugnant

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

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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