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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, the AI company executives might raise their eyebrows in disgust that anyone would challenge their integrity on this point. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The Fly, Crash) returns after an eight year hiatus with Crimes of the Future, the kind of film that wears the fact that audience members walked out in disgust during its Cannes Film Festival premiere like a badge of honor. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 25 July 2022 There was the fascination with Michael Beasley, then with Hassan Whiteside, then with Omer Yurtseven, expressing disgust that none were allowed to be established as leading men. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 July 2022 For her part, Sears must have thrown up her hands in disgust when news of the debacle at Tarawa reached her. Catherine Musemeche, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 After yet another scandal, once again made worse by an absurdly stupid cover-up, two very senior members of Johnson’s government—his finance minister and his health minister—quit in disgust. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 According to research last January by CEVIPOF Sciences Po, which has measured public opinion since 2009, 70% of French people have a negative view of politicians – 39% with mistrust and 17% with disgust. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2022 As the Blubber Burger was passed around the class, students reacted with varying degrees of shock or disgust. Brittany Mcgee, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 But as the current sense of shock and disgust gives way to the usual pressures of political and economic cycles, does the West agree on what lessons should be drawn from this crisis? Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From New York to New Delhi, a handful of taxi and Uber drivers have died by suicide, citing deep debt and disgust with the company. Aaron C. Davis, Rick Noack And Douglas Macmillan, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 From New York to New Delhi, a handful of taxi and Uber drivers have died by suicide, citing deep debt and disgust with the company. Douglas Macmillan, Washington Post, 10 July 2022 The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has brought old feelings of astonishment and disgust back to the surface. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 6 July 2022 Then disgust, because this particular law targeted kids. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 But when Racle made a disk image of his rare find for preservation purposes, that excitement quickly turned to disgust and distrust. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 7 June 2022 Respondents reacted more leniently to close others, reporting less anger and disgust toward them, rating them as less unethical, and reporting less of a desire to punish or criticize them compared to strangers. Mark Travers, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Being the assumed carrier of that entire weight would disgust me more than the leering. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2022 Other companies attributed their moves to disgust over the Kremlin’s attack on a sovereign neighbor. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for disgust


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.

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disgustedly adverb

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