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revulsion

[ ri-vuhl-shuhn ]

noun

  1. a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike:

    Cruelty fills me with revulsion.

    Synonyms: aversion, loathing, repulsion, disgust

  2. a sudden and violent change of feeling or response in sentiment, taste, etc.
  3. the act of drawing something back or away.
  4. the fact of being so drawn.
  5. Medicine/Medical. the diminution of morbid action in one part of the body by irritation in another.


revulsion

/ rɪˈvʌlʃən /

noun

  1. a sudden and unpleasant violent reaction in feeling, esp one of extreme loathing
  2. the act or an instance of drawing back or recoiling from something
  3. obsolete.
    the diversion of disease or congestion from one part of the body to another by cupping, counterirritants, etc


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Derived Forms

  • reˈvulsionary, adjective
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Other Words From

  • re·vulsion·ary adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of revulsion1

1535–45; < Latin revulsiōn- (stem of revulsiō ) a tearing away, equivalent to revuls ( us ) (past participle of revellere to tear away, equivalent to re- re- + vellere to pluck) + -iōn- -ion
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Word History and Origins

Origin of revulsion1

C16: from Latin revulsiō a pulling away, from revellere , from re- + vellere to pull, tear
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Example Sentences

Of course, knowing the context, you pore over them with a mix of revulsion, bewilderment and anguish.

I think it also made it easier for the reader to relate in real human terms—we can all understand grief, revulsion and anger.

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There was a real revulsion against other states being able to intervene and tell a sovereign nation how to conduct itself during a war.

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We must find a way to respond that, despite our revulsion and anger, in the end advances our interests and not those of the attackers.

Though it elicits visceral responses—anger, sorrow, revulsion—it doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.

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As a wave of revulsion spread across the internet, he began to backtrack.

Convergence is also gathering force in a shared revulsion for the consequences of the war on drugs.

Wizner said he understood the revulsion: The interchange looked like cheap agitprop.

“I think I would like for people to feel a mix of revulsion and attraction, that would be nice,” says Lobo.

It is a seething, boiling, roiling, apoplectic revulsion at the very idea of unions.

At that moment she heard Mr. Royall's step as he came up the stairs to bed, and a fierce revulsion of feeling swept over her.

It was with a revulsion which I cannot easily express that I now saw more or less clearly what this pursuer was like.

A dozen times he approached the door in an angry revulsion against his self-imposed test, and a dozen times passed on.

The violence of the extreme section of the popular party led to a revulsion of feeling in the country.

But it moved him now, not to the revulsion and distaste of a week ago, but only to a careless contempt.

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