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 West, 68, has had his share of run-ins, including a 2010 incident in which White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle was called for a second balk, dropped his glove in disgust and was ejected. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Trouble was, Porzingis had received a first-half technical after waving his arm in disgust after a foul call. Dallas News, 22 May 2021 Former players have lashed out in disgust at the cynicism of the concept. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 Burns threw his ball in disgust after missing a 5-foot birdie try. Schuyler Dixon, orlandosentinel.com, 17 May 2021 So men are pointing fingers at each other over whether to modernize archaic rape laws, while women advocates are shaking their heads in disgust that nothing is getting accomplished. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2021 Such controversies have been met with public disgust and anger, prompting politicians to move toward more regulation. Lisa Montenegro, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The very mention of the word rattlesnake can elicit immediate feelings of fear, anxiety, disgust and misinformation in many people. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2021 Those were the long cold days after the attack and before the inauguration when everyone was on high alert and Washington was gripped with disgust and disbelief about what had happened and fear about what might come next. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whatever the reason, this incident caught the attention of even the most disconnected citizen and elicited responses ranging from shock and horror to disgust. Kayley Mccolley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021 Pregnant women carrying boys are measurably more sensitive to disgust, at least one rather creative study found in 2015. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Don’t need to read excerpts of a weird manifesto whose reprinting is meant to disgust the American public but will inevitably end up drawing praise on some dark incel-ed cellar of the Internet. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Graf is filled with disillusionment about the conflict, and disgust with Hitler’s regime. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2020 Compared with the lean dogs, the dogs with obesity prompted more feelings of frustration, blame and disgust toward both them and their owners, regardless of the owners’ weight. Rebecca L. Pearl, Scientific American, 4 Nov. 2020 Marines fired back, wounding Mr. Dawood. Cultural misunderstandings and disgust with Westerners were traced to many insider killings. Najim Rahim, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2020 Sharing our homes with family and friends is a delight but when guests of the creepy, crawly nature embrace our hospitality, that delight turns to disgust. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 July 2020 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, 4 June 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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2 Jun 2021

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“Disgust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgust. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for disgust



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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