aver·​sion | \ ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio) , -shən \

Definition of aversion

1a : 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
2 : an object of dislike or aversion "Of all things inconstancy is my aversion."— Jane Austen
3 obsolete : the act of turning away

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Examples of aversion in a Sentence

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 A 16-year Monitor veteran with no previous combat experience, Tyson said she has yet to start reading newspapers on a regular basis because of her aversion to war news and does not like talking about it yet. — Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher, 21 Apr. 2003 The answer was revealing in many ways. It showed his dark humor, aversion to sentimentality, keen understanding of the role that realism must play in a messy world, and somewhat less keen appreciation for the role that morality plays in sustaining a democracy's foreign policy. — Walter Isaacson, New Republic, 16 Dec. 2002 They regarded war with aversion. I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.
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Recent Examples on the Web The interrogation goes on, 12 minutes of Amy Haskins gently, persistently pressing on power, against the instinctual conflict aversion that afflicts the average Iowan. Kerry Howley, The New Republic, "Behind Every Republican Man," 17 Sep. 2020 Reilly’s own efforts to constrain the use of models have been insistent, and his steadfast aversion to the long view seems also to apply to USGS itself. Adam Federman, Wired, "The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change," 15 Sep. 2020 According to the firm, about 80% of local-currency government bonds have been trading below 1%, which limits the room for such notes to rise in value during a bout of risk aversion since investors can simply hoard cash instead. Justina Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Bridgewater’s Risk-Parity Shift Jolts a $400 Billion Quant Trade," 1 Sep. 2020 Those divisions are partly political and partly connected with relative levels of risk aversion; all of it is connected with money. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "College Football’s Messy, Bumpy, Worrisome Return," 29 Aug. 2020 Even if cats are successfully toilet trained, the stress surrounding going to the toilet can cause mental distress and toilet and litter aversion, especially if an accident occurs when no one is home. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Toilet training your cat isn’t as great as it sounds," 27 Aug. 2020 The industry’s aversion to non-English-language music extends from the charts to highly visible spaces such as the Grammys and the VMAs—shows that have long histories of overlooking some English-speaking artists, particularly Black artists. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, "The Real Meaning of BTS’s Chart-Topping Single," 2 Sep. 2020 Students can’t sign liability waivers acknowledging the hazards of their sport at a time when conferences have brought their risk aversion to historic lows. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How can suddenly risk-averse colleges ever play football again?," 19 Aug. 2020 Born in the Bronx shortly after the Depression, Woods grew up with an aversion to complaining and a rigorous work ethic. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "His go-to response to ailments was ‘I’m fine.’ Then he got the coronavirus.," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of aversion

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for aversion

see averse

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The first known use of aversion was in 1585

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aversion

: a strong feeling of not liking something


aver·​sion | \ ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio) \

Kids Definition of aversion

1 : a strong dislike
2 : something strongly disliked


aver·​sion | \ ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce aversion (audio) \

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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