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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In both cases, aversion to change and defense of the status quo are motivators for anti-development groups. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 An aversion to reality is, indeed, a poor prophylactic as Mr. O’Toole’s survey of six decades—1958 to 2018—demonstrates. Anna Mundow, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Millennials’ aversion to accruing debt isn’t just limited to housing. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Joshua Freeman, a distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York who specializes in labor history, said Amazon's seeming aversion to the TikTok videos is part of a wider change in corporate outlook. NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 McLendon-Covey's aversion to Valentine's Day is nothing new. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Trump's aversion to Kemp is a stunning reversal of their relationship. Michael Warren, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Loss aversion exaggerates the importance of the loss. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 20 May 2022 For that, the Biden administration would have to overlook its stated aversion to the death penalty (as Democratic administrations reliably do when horrific killings happen on their watch). The Editors, National Review, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for aversion

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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