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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Recent Examples on the Web Between my aversion to the permanence and not even having a worthwhile design in mind, the idea was always a moot point. Laura Neilson, Vogue, "Fleeting by Design: In Brooklyn, a First-of-Its-Kind Tattoo Studio Ensures No Regrets," 9 Apr. 2021 As the series continues, Magnussen also gets to tease out a lot of the character’s often hilarious insecurities, including his fear of crowded beaches, his aversion toward smells, and his confusion over the concept of a donut hole. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Made for Love’s Billy Magnussen Is Deconstructing Douchebags and Other Toxic Tech Men," 8 Apr. 2021 Relocating the game — an expensive logistical hassle, and a move that even baseball’s players did not universally support — was a watershed moment for a sport long known more for its traditionalism and its aversion to risk. James Wagner, New York Times, "In Moving All-Star Game, Another Sport Flexes Its Activist Muscles," 3 Apr. 2021 Perhaps our aversion to video conferencing relates to our large population of residents with Scandinavian ancestry (another No. 1), with a reputation for shy reserve. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Why Minnesotans rank No. 1 in Zoom fatigue," 25 Mar. 2021 The aversion of the Duterte administration seemed to fade earlier this week, when one of Duterte’s lawyers issued an unusual warning to Beijing. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘Untapped weapon’: Philippine leaders warn China by touting defense treaty with US," 8 Apr. 2021 Passage of such costly plans won’t be easy, given the Democrats’ narrow control of both chambers of Congress and the aversion of some moderates to pushing through another expansive package without Republican support. New York Times, "Why Mothers Are Skeptical About All the Promises of Pandemic Aid," 30 Mar. 2021 Success in interviews then becomes an exercise in risk aversion, of making sure the candidate doesn’t fall below the required technology knowledge threshold. Joel Shapiro, Forbes, "How to Hire A Data Scientist," 12 Mar. 2021 The Democratic aversion to the policy has nothing to do with the opinions of Democratic voters and everything to do with the demands of a far-left contingent. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Trump Administration Proposes Another Expansion of the ‘Mexico City Policy’," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of aversion was in 1585

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2 May 2021

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“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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