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

Jansen let out a roar in disgust as Kelly rounded the bases to put the Diamondbacks ahead. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Cody Bellinger's walk-off homer in the 10th gives the Dodgers a sweep over the Diamondbacks," 3 July 2019 Before the ball left Raptors guard Danny Green’s hands, Warriors guard Klay Thompson glared at teammate Stephen Curry, raised his arms in disgust and shook his head. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What must Warriors do for NBA Finals comeback against Raptors?," 8 June 2019 There is a time for registering disgust, but America is long past it. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "House Leadership Is Looking Flakey," 17 June 2019 Smokers and vapers often mingle outdoors, though a newly ex-smoker will typically stand apart to avoid temptation—or disgust. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Microwaved Fish Was Once the Workplace Aggravation—Now It’s Vaping," 14 Dec. 2018 Micropenises can be considered an intersex anatomy just as real and normal as any other, yet people who have them are routinely singled out for mockery and disgust in popular culture. Samantha Riedel, Teen Vogue, "How to Break Away From the Gender Binary," 26 Oct. 2018 Jean's mother, Allison Jean, expressed disgust that on Thursday the results of the search of his home surfaced. Fox News, "Dallas police face ire over portrayal of man shot by officer," 14 Sep. 2018 The reason is the interesting emotion known as disgust. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categories," 8 June 2018 Ford’s alpha dog is pure action cool, ripping off Max’s cone in disgust (not the best message for kids in treatment), rejecting Max’s embarrassed neurosis and being the cold, silent type. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a well-crafted sequel," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An IndyStar investigation highlighted many of the factors behind the weak state and local regulatory systems that help trap renters in situations ranging from disgusting to dangerous. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "3 'common sense' ways Indiana could protect renters from bad landlords — but doesn't," 26 June 2019 And animals on factory farms are routinely subjected to intense cruelty and conditions that disgust the average American consumer. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "There’s a new meatless Beyond Burger. It tastes even more like meat.," 11 June 2019 Fox fans, in general, were disgusted while MSNBC fans knew exactly what Ocasio-Cortez meant. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Wednesday is 100 days without an on-camera White House press briefing," 19 June 2019 None of my work has been as aggravated or disgusted as this record. nola.com, "Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77," 6 June 2019 And in a country where people beg for insulin on Craigslist, she, a lifelong activist for social justice, would have been disgusted an event with a $30,000 per person ticket, and by the obscene sums attendees spend on clothes and jewelry. Benjamin Moser, Town & Country, "Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala," 5 May 2019 The public is disgusted by the bickering and backbiting that has seemingly overtaken real debate and problem-solving. Joe Lieberman, Time, "Joe Lieberman: Why Washington Will Start Functioning Again," 26 Feb. 2018 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

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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

 (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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