aversion

noun

aver·​sion ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio)
-shən
1
a
: 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

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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Word History

Etymology

see averse

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of aversion was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

aversion

noun
aver·​sion ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio)
1
: a strong dislike
2
: something strongly disliked

Medical Definition

aversion

noun
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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