aversion

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noun aver·sion \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of aversion

  1. 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. 2 :  an object of dislike or aversion “Of all things inconstancy is my aversion.” — Jane Austen

  3. 3 obsolete :  the act of turning away

Examples of aversion in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. They regarded war with aversion.

  5. I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.

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Origin and Etymology of aversion

see averse


AVERSION Defined for English Language Learners

aversion

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Definition of aversion for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of not liking something


AVERSION Defined for Kids

aversion

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noun aver·sion \ə-ˈvər-zhən\

Definition of aversion for Students

  1. 1 :  a strong dislike

  2. 2 :  something strongly disliked


Medical Dictionary

aversion

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noun aver·sion \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Medical Definition of aversion

  1. 1:  a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it

  2. 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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