- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
In the silence that followed, Trent drew away from her—slowly, repugnantly, as though from something monstrous and unclean.The Hermit of Far End
Repugnantly he jerked a thumb in silent invitation toward a plate of sandwiches.Then I'll Come Back to You
- repellent to the senses; causing aversion
- distasteful; offensive; disgusting
- contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible
Word Origin and History for repugnantly
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.