aversion

noun
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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Raise painful subjects early Most of us have an innate aversion to raising painful subjects. Noam Wasserman, WSJ, "The Life Lessons We Can Learn From Successful Startups," 25 Nov. 2018 Pants and full-length leggings became necessary, but my aversion to tights meant dresses and skirts were out of the question. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 Kelly kicked off the night with a quip about her aversion to public speaking. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Calls Reba McEntire a 'Rad Grandma for My Kids' in Emotional Speech," 3 Dec. 2018 And their aversion to court-packing has much to recommend it. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 But the rampant psychological reductivism of the present age—which defines a man as the sum total of his drives and aversions—had not set in yet in Melville’s day. James Gardner, WSJ, "Debilitated, But Infinitely Human," 31 Aug. 2018 For one child, head-on questions and worry; for the other, magical thinking and aversion. Daphne Beal, Vogue, "After One Writer Finds Out She Has a Brain Tumor, She Confronts It Head On," 10 Aug. 2018 President Donald Trump gets his first physical since taking office on Friday, but Americans may not find out much about the health of the 71-year-old chief executive with a taste for McDonald’s and an aversion to exercise beyond golf. Fortune, "Trump Gets His First Medical Exam as President This Week. Here's What to Expect," 8 Jan. 2018 My un-athleticism and aversion to exercise eventually caught up with me. Anne Roderique-jones, Marie Claire, "I Used to Hate Exercise—Until It Was the Only Thing That Got Me Through My Dad's Death," 18 May 2016

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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 \

Kids Definition of aversion

1 : a strong dislike
2 : something strongly disliked

aversion

noun
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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