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 party has a strong electoral motivation to thwart a Democratic President, an ideological aversion to tax and spending increases, and a financial incentive to protect business benefactors. John Harwood, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 Clinton shares a story about Eric who moved to the west coast for work but had an aversion to water. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Yet the team has adhered to its modus operandi, which includes a general aversion to importing free agents and a tendency to prioritize defense, not weapons for Rodgers, with premium draft picks. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 In a culture so often labeled as work-obsessed — which seems more attributable to a lack of social safety net than any puritanical aversion to idleness — a comedy podcast about work should be a hard sell. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 24 June 2021 Trump’s economic populism and support for higher tariffs, cultural and racial sensitivity, an aversion to bad PR, and opposition to 2020 election challenges have all contributed to the rift. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2021 Hate: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 The good news is that all three of these drivers—an aversion to uncertainty, an attachment to the appearance of perfection, and a lack of courage—are qualities most of us would rather rid ourselves of. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2021 But the newest chapter in the Netflix original has also drawn attention to a particularly interesting plot point rooted in absolute truth: Charles’ aversion to eating lunch. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 20 Nov. 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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23 Sep 2021

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“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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