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


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.


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

Hyland's final tweet on Thursday regarding the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing was a viral picture of the women sitting behind Kavanaugh during the hearing, with many appearing to make faces of disgust. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Sarah Hyland Shares Her Own Story of Sexual Assault: 'I Thought No One Would Believe Me'," 28 Sep. 2018 Or, at least, that McKay is very comfortable with signaling his own disgust for all these people, especially her. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018 Garrison’s theatrics at the rally showed his disgust with the clause. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 Shopping 18 Slides There are very few fashion terms that evoke as much disgust as cargo pants. Glamour, "It’s True: Cargo Pants Are Actually Coming Back," 14 Mar. 2019 Senator Maize Hirono walked out alongside them in disgust. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Will the Senate Judiciary Committee Vote to Move Brett Kavanaugh Towards the Supreme Court?," 28 Sep. 2018 Many emotions greet each new revelation: anger, shock, disappointment, disgust. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 On Twitter, reactions included general disbelief and disgust. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana's 'Chinese Chopsticks' Ad Accused of Racism," 20 Nov. 2018 Lila is tough, unflinching and defiant in the face of everyday violence, while Lenú most often looks on in horror, even disgust. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend Producer Breaks Down the Violence of Episode 1," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Would he be disgusted to see data and algorithms superseding human guts, dedication, and grit? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 The parents are naturally disgusted by the vulgarity at first, whereas near the end of the video, Bregoli's 1960s alter ego is furious over a surprise celebrity cameo in the form of a well-meaning milkman. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Bhad Bhabie Gets a Retro Makeover With 'Gucci Flip Flops' Music Video: Watch," 1 May 2018 The tactics of the left should disgust every rational thinking American who loves and cares about this country and our core values. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Sick and disgusted at the depravity he's seen in Riverdale, particularly the crimes perpetrated by the Southside Serpents, Keller could have decided to take justice into his own hands, literally. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Mystery of the Riverdale Black Hood Keeps Getting More Confusing," 22 Apr. 2018 Add to that the many Republicans disgusted with Trump who might stay home in November and the fact that Democrats seem to be mobilized in congressional and statehouse races. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Dems with little money banking on face-to-face turnout," 12 June 2018 Whitney, who normally votes Republican, said she is disgusted by the condition of the roads and recently had to replace a tire after hitting a pothole. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "State cuts taxes; pothole-weary motorists not impressed," 28 Feb. 2018 This attempted erasure of trans lives is disgusting. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Trans Rights Organizations to Donate to Right Now," 22 Oct. 2018 Is anyone else not at all surprised but all the same sincerely disgusted by that picture of Jeffree Star and his non black friends in cornrows? Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Wore Cornrows for a Jeffree Star Cosmetics Photo Shoot and People Have a LOT of Feelings," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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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

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: 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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