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 Greco also said that an aversion to mass transit and desire to drive rather than fly to vacation destinations may help Advance Auto sustain its recent momentum. Craig Trudell, Bloomberg.com, "Advance Auto Boosted by Bored Americans Working on Their Car," 19 May 2020 That pattern dates to the 30 years during which the Trump accounting team was led by Jack Mitnick, whose pugnaciousness was exceeded only by his aversion to his clients paying the IRS. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 The researchers’ explanation is that increased savings rates — either by behavioral risk aversion or through replacing lost wealth — caused the drop in interest rates. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Think you know the stock market’s heading? You don’t," 24 Apr. 2020 His ability to play hardball politics is constrained by the virus emergency and by an almost universal public aversion to a fourth election. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Benny Gantz, With Thin Majority, Wins Chance to Form Israeli Government," 15 Mar. 2020 Your mother might have ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), an eating disorder characterized by an extreme aversion to lots of foods. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Mom’s picky eating is cringeworthy," 4 Feb. 2020 But to some extent, high bond prices are also driven by risk aversion. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Supposedly “risk free” assets are looking awfully risky," 29 Dec. 2019 Small potatoes, as traumas go, but intensified by my aversion to facing them. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 Too much of one flavor is bound to create a brief aversion, and thyme is no different. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, "The Best Substitute for Thyme," 3 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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