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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The old Protestant primacy of the Word — the primacy of language in conveying God’s beauty, authority, and guidance — informs American culture, as well as a stubborn Protestant aversion to decoration and artifice. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Silver Sailing Cups Recall Gilded Age Glamour and Sexuality," 29 June 2019 My aversion to nice homes wasn’t actually a coherent protest of heteronormativity. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019 The risk aversion apparent in markets shows up in the economy. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 11 Sep. 2018 Russia’s casualty aversion in Syria is suggestive of a broader trend. Lionel Beehner, Washington Post, "Russia is trying to limit its casualties in Syria. Here’s why that is bad for Syrian civilians.," 28 Mar. 2018 Schumer suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is basically a supersized, super-horrible morning sickness (TBH, even that's an understatement) that comes with vomiting, nausea, dehydration, and food aversions. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Pregnancy in Her Netflix Special 'Growing'," 26 Mar. 2019 Nausea, exhaustion, too many food aversions, too many carbs... Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Opens Up About "Brutal" First Trimester of Pregnancy," 26 Mar. 2019 Some economists and analysts said part of Turkey’s woes stem from widespread and growing investor aversion to emerging markets. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Erdogan Shifts Blame for Turkey's Woes to Social Media," 13 Aug. 2018 Executive vice president John Paxson has long stated publicly his aversion to attending the event, dating to 2008 when the Bulls overcame the largest odds in league history at 1.7 percent to vault from ninth to first. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Michael Reinsdorf scheduled to represent Bulls at draft lottery," 1 May 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 How to pronounce aversion (audio) \

Kids Definition of aversion

1 : a strong dislike
2 : something strongly disliked


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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