[ ri-puhg-nuhnt ]
/ rɪˈpʌg nənt /


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

SYNONYMS FOR repugnant

Related forms

re·pug·nant·ly, adverbun·re·pug·nant, adjectiveun·re·pug·nant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repugnantly

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

    Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht
  • Repugnantly he jerked a thumb in silent invitation toward a plate of sandwiches.

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for repugnantly


/ (rɪˈpʌɡnənt) /


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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