aver·​sion | \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -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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Minero Sean Brock's Mexican-meets-Charleston casual restaurant pleases all palates with a love for tacos and an aversion for long waits. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Then there’s Renée Patrone’s style — not cocky, more like an aversion to saying no. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Why a bartender fluent in mojitos was a game-changer for Party Host Helpers," 12 Apr. 2018 Bohemian vibes do not require wispy tulle, a flowing skirt and an aversion to bodycon. Christian Oth, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sheer Genius: Bridal's New Sexy," 19 May 2017 But given America’s fundamental aversion to ultra-cheap nuclear power and the historical instability of oil and natural gas prices, there wasn’t much for electric companies to do but pay more to use coal. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 Metcalfe is no stranger to controversy, and has been unapologetic about his disagreement with – and, sometimes, aversion to – progressive causes. Philly.com, "Philly state rep says he feels threatened by conservative lawmaker," 17 Apr. 2018 But Marshall also had a sense of proportion and humility, and an aversion to self-aggrandizement and self-promotion that set him apart from contemporaries like Douglas MacArthur. New York Times, "A Marshall Plan for China? It Existed, but Even Marshall Couldn’t Pull It Off," 6 June 2018 Among his other crotchets was an aversion to bare canvas. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Vulnerable Ferocity of Chaim Soutine," 7 May 2018 Schoettler also expressed an aversion to bids that propose spreading 8 million square feet of offices onto several sites, unless those sites can be expanded or connected. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon team headed to Chicago next week to inspect potential 'HQ2' sites," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of aversion

: a strong feeling of not liking something


aver·​sion | \ə-ˈvər-zhən \

Kids Definition of aversion

1 : a strong dislike

2 : something strongly disliked


aver·​sion | \ə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən \

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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