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dis·​gust di-ˈskəst How to pronounce disgust (audio)
 also  diz-
: 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


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disgusted; disgusting; disgusts

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to cause disgust

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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Jeff Green Irvine :: I’ve been appalled and disgusted by the insulting comments made by a number of readers questioning Shohei Ohtani’s involvement in Ippei Mizuhara’s gambling. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 When Chase Cookson opened his email, he was disgusted by a peculiar ad in his inbox. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 The churn of bad politicians disgusted residents like Miguel Santana, a native of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Yet as much as any Protestant, Manzoni was aware of and disgusted by the frequently corrupt and demoralizing history of the papacy. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 More:Nurses overworked, doctors disgusted, patients unattended: Inside Columbia St. Mary's More:Ascension Wisconsin was blasted for poor staffing, lapses in care. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Continue reading… 'TOTAL BS' – NBA legend Charles Barkley was disgusted with Chicago Bulls fans booing Jerry Krause during the team’s Ring of Honor ceremony. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 17 Jan. 2024 Victorious coach Kirby Smart was disgusted, and not with anyone at FSU. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2024 The comportment of Democrats and others disgusted by the Capitol riot was inconsistent with their present bellowing that Trump is a historically unique destructive force who cannot be allowed to retake power. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


1598, in the meaning defined above


1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disgust was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Disgust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgust. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
dis·​gust dis-ˈgəst How to pronounce disgust (audio)
: a strong feeling of dislike caused especially by something sickening or evil


2 of 2 verb
: to cause to feel disgust
disgusted adjective
disgustedly adverb

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