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

One counter-protester drove from Colorado Springs on Sunday to share her message of disgust at the protesters who tore down the American flag. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "No sign of immigrant sweeps in Denver so far," 14 July 2019 My walking partner, Houssain Mohamed Houssain, shook his head in wonder, in disgust. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fellow paranoid infant caregivers will know that banana-fed baby poop is disgusting in new and unusual ways. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "The dangers of Dr. Google," 7 Aug. 2019 Ashamed & disgusted that the Senate works for the @NRA & not the majority of Americans who support basic solutions to stop gun violence. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "So, What's Elizabeth Warren's Plan for Gun Control?," 30 July 2019 One of Owain's youngest sons, Madog, was disgusted by the fighting and set off in search of something better. James Griffiths, CNN, "The racist origins of the myth a Welsh prince beat Columbus to America," 21 July 2019 These are my people not her people. Freaking disgusting. Time, "Democratic Candidates Condemn 'Attacks' on Sen. Kamala Harris' Race," 30 June 2019 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

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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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