dis·​gust | \ di-ˈskəst How to pronounce disgust (audio) , dis-ˈgəst also diz- \

Definition of disgust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked aversion aroused by something highly distasteful : repugnance wrinkled her nose in disgust his disgust at the way the media has been covering the story


disgusted; disgusting; disgusts

Definition of disgust (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provoke to loathing, repugnance, or aversion : be offensive to The idea of eating raw meat disgusts him.
2 : to cause (one) to lose an interest or intention is disgusted by their ignorance

intransitive verb

: to cause disgust

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Examples of disgust in a Sentence

Noun He eyed the greasy food with disgust. As the smell of garbage drifted through the air, she wrinkled her nose in disgust. He talked about his disgust with the way the news media focuses on celebrities. Much to the disgust of some listeners, the speech was interrupted several times by a few people in the audience. She shook her head in disgust when I described the scene. Verb She's a vegetarian because the idea of eating meat totally disgusts her. The photographs disgust some people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, people enthusiastically retweet or share photos of beaches in disgust, even when the photograph shows no crowding whatsoever. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Scolding Beachgoers Isn’t Helping," 4 July 2020 A few years later, Vietnam protesters began replacing the flag with peace flags, or burning the American flag in disgust of governmental policies, and those on the left began to cede the Stars and Stripes to conservatives. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "On July 4th, remember the American flag belongs to us all," 3 July 2020 Garrett's charges came in the wake of nationwide disgust with then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd's neck. Fox News, "Stepmom of ex-Atlanta cop Garrett Rolfe 'stunned' by firing after Rayshard Brooks shooting," 30 June 2020 Joe Gamaldi, president of the HPD Officer's Union, voiced his disgust over the employee's rant. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "HPD officer relieved of duty after publishing 'social media post with racial overtones'," 13 June 2020 During his speech Thursday at National Defense University, Milley, after expressing his disgust over the video of the killing of Floyd, spoke at length about the issue of race, both in the military and in civilian society. Helene Cooper, BostonGlobe.com, "Milley apologizes for role in Trump photo op: ‘I should not have been there’," 11 June 2020 In other words: Each time trans-ness is used as a murderer’s motive, a reason to recoil in disgust, or cause to laugh, the audience is given permission to react in the same way. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Celebrate with ‘Miss Juneteenth’," 19 June 2020 The reaction ranged from elation to disgust after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament will take place as scheduled this summer in Queens. oregonlive, "U.S. Open 2020 given green light by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo," 18 June 2020 Bolton's commentary ranges from expressions of disgust with the president's actions to relief that his advisers were able to prevent catastrophe. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asked China’s president for reelection help in 2020, Bolton writes in new book," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The emotions on display range from anger to frustration, to disgust, to fear, to sadness as well as contempt for a nation that continues to treat us so horribly. Reggie Jackson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: During the demonstrations and unrest in Milwaukee, we must listen carefully to what our community is saying," 4 June 2020 Susan's doctor brother (Kiel Kennedy) is disgusted with her. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lazy Susan': Film Review," 2 Apr. 2020 The sheriff said he was disgusted by what his deputies did. CBS News, "Sheriff says Kobe Bryant crash scene photos were shared by 8 deputies: "Sense of betrayal"," 3 Mar. 2020 With arousal comes not just relaxation but also a higher tolerance for things that might disgust you otherwise. Amanda Chatel, Glamour, "5 Tips I Wish I'd Known About How to Prepare for Anal Sex," 18 May 2019 Thankfully, they, of course, do always have this option: to use their own speech to express their disgust, which in itself discourages others from being disgusting in the future. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "Students Demand Their School Treat Coronavirus-Themed Party as a ‘Hate Crime’," 28 Feb. 2020 But Pennypacker’s wasn’t the only American disgusted with the rowdiness of Fourth of July celebrations, and negative press coverage quickly ignited a reform movement. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The 1900s Movement to Make the Fourth of July Boring (But Safe)," 3 July 2019 They are disgusted with the Astros and their lack of ownership and accountability. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Little Leagues from California to Pennsylvania ban 'Astros' nickname after cheating scandal," 20 Feb. 2020 They are disgusted with the Astros and their lack of ownership and accountability. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Some California Little Leagues ban use of the name ‘Astros’," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of disgust


1598, in the meaning defined above


1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for disgust

Verb and Noun

Middle French desgouster, from des- dis- + goust taste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose

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The first known use of disgust was in 1598

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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disgust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgust. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disgust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of dislike for something that has a very unpleasant appearance, taste, smell, etc.
: annoyance and anger that you feel toward something because it is not good, fair, appropriate, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of disgust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to have a strong feeling of dislike for something especially because it has a very unpleasant appearance, taste, smell, etc.
of something bad, unfair, improper, etc. : to cause (someone) to feel very annoyed and angry


dis·​gust | \ di-ˈskəst How to pronounce disgust (audio) , dis-ˈgəst \

Kids Definition of disgust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of dislike or annoyance for something considered sickening or bad This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


disgusted; disgusting

Kids Definition of disgust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause to feel strong dislike or annoyance by being sickening or bad This greasy food disgusts me.

Other Words from disgust

disgustedly adverb

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