aversion

noun
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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This cultural aversion to lube is a problem for many reasons, chief among them that a lot of couples could actually benefit greatly from it. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018 Many have suggested that the duchess's aversion to the bling might be another facet of her love for high street style and dedication to making the monarchy feel modern and approachable. Glamour, "Kate Middleton Has Only Worn a Tiara Seven Times—See Them All Here," 23 Oct. 2018 Seattle kept up its mystifying aversion to the run in the third quarter when the Seahawks ran six plays — all passes — and gained just 1 yard. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks flop in Chicago and lose to Bears on Monday Night Football behind anemic offense," 17 Sep. 2018 He’ll be counted upon only to win games, but also to win back fans turned off by the owner’s aversion to change. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach," 4 Feb. 2019 Whether that's sufficient to overcome widespread Western aversion to the creepy crawlies is another matter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Forget the guilt trip: There’s a better way to get people to eat more bugs," 2 Oct. 2018 The problem in China is that the more standard form of hedging—ordinary short selling—is hardly an option either, thanks to Beijing’s ingrained aversion. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Shorting China: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose," 14 Feb. 2019 Payment etiquette has always been shaped by two driving forces: the aversions to seeming cheap and to getting ripped off. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "The Confusing World of Venmo Etiquette," 10 Feb. 2019 But what once was a cute aversion to the kitchen is now downright embarrassing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How I Conquered the Kitchen and Finally Started Cooking for Myself," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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aversion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aversion

: a strong feeling of not liking something

aversion

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

Kids Definition of aversion

1 : a strong dislike
2 : something strongly disliked

aversion

noun
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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