aversion

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

aver·sion

noun \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

: a strong feeling of not liking something

Full Definition of AVERSION

1
obsolete :  the act of turning away
2
a :  a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it <regards drunkenness with aversion>
b :  a settled dislike :  antipathy <expressed an aversion to parties>
c :  a tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation and especially a usually pleasurable one because it is or has been associated with a noxious stimulus
3
:  an object of aversion <inconstancy is my aversion — Jane Austen>

Examples of AVERSION

  1. They regarded war with aversion.
  2. <I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.>
  3. Diners who want to reduce the size of their environmental footprint might reassess their aversion to bugs, DeFoliart says. —Janet Raloff, Science News, 7 June 2008

Origin of AVERSION

(see averse)
First Known Use: 1596

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aver·sion

noun \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AVERSION

1
: a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it
2
: a tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation and especially a usually pleasurable one because it is or has been associated with a noxious stimulus <conditioning of food aversions by drug injection>

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