Definition of aversion
1a : a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it regards drunkenness with aversionb : a settled dislike : antipathy expressed an aversion to partiesc : 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
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.
Recent Examples of aversion from the Web
Hollywood's striking risk aversion is borne out by the mostly static nature of its 1 o'clock meet-up spots.
But ultimately, the extensive lists of contaminants and the city's bungled education campaign may have resulted in a general recycling aversion.
For a quiet secretary of state with an aversion to the limelight, the Gulf dispute is one of the only foreign policy arenas where Tillerson has made a splash and stands as a litmus test for America's neophyte top diplomat.
Body insecurity and symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness can contribute to aversion to sex, which is not an uncommon feeling.
All that, plus Pruitt’s media aversion and history of industry favors, led to his award on Monday.
So did punishments: While some men served time in jail or paid hefty fines for their sexual acts, others submitted to aversion therapies and even forced castration.
But yields have since bounced from the lows as risk aversion ebbed.
The madams enjoyed unprecedented status as influential businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists, while elsewhere a growing aversion to the sex trade drove red-light districts underground.
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AVERSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aversion for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of not liking something
AVERSION Defined for Kids
Definition of aversion for Students
1 : a strong dislike
2 : something strongly disliked
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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