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Definition of repugnance

1a : the quality or fact of being contradictory or inconsistent
b : an instance of such contradiction or inconsistency
2 : strong dislike, distaste, or antagonism

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Examples of repugnance in a Sentence

They expressed their repugnance at the idea. They felt nothing but repugnance for the group's violent history.
Recent Examples on the Web Is there not a repugnance to the thought of looking back? Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 Politicians on both sides of the aisle did, indignantly, chastising the moral repugnance of a U.S. business operating on the very capitalist principles that form the bedrock of our economy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: NBA did in China what pretty much every other U.S. business has: It kowtowed," 7 Oct. 2019 Helicopter parenting, along with high expectations and a societal repugnance to the possibility of failure, contributes to what American high schools have become: petri dishes of high stress and exhaustion. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Helicopter Parenting Is Usually More Subtle Than Paying for Kids to Get Into School," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of repugnance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Repugnance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of repugnance

formal : a strong feeling of dislike or disgust


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Kids Definition of repugnance

: a strong feeling of dislike or disgust

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