re·​pug·​nance | \ri-ˈpəg-nən(t)s \

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.

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After Wormley allows himself to be seduced by the old poet, repugnance turns to fury and finally, wrenchingly, to love. Mark Swed,, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 Disease is an even greater incentive for the repugnance people feel toward rats. Kym Pokorny,, "'It's a bad year for rats' in Oregon cities: Here's how to fight them," 13 Feb. 2018 Similar repugnance may explain the disinterest in Senators Mark Warner, whose early victories were won by appealing to rural Virginians, and Michael Bennet, whose record as Denver school superintendent was not in lockstep with teachers’ unions. Michael Barone, National Review, "Gentry Liberals Now Own the Democratic Party," 9 Feb. 2018 This is because tattoos are strongly associated with organized crime here — specifically the yakuza, or Japanese mafia — and are therefore almost universally viewed with repugnance. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "A Japanese artist takes on a country that despises tattoos," 25 Apr. 2017 His sons are a source of devotion and repugnance in equal measure. Antonio Ruiz-camacho, New York Times, "Two Sons Witness the Grip of Addiction in This Gritty Divorce Drama," 21 Apr. 2017 Her problems include hangovers, digital privacy invasion, and the repugnance of online dating. Laura Hudson, WIRED, "5 Comics You Should Be Reading Right Now," 5 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of repugnance

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

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English Language Learners Definition of repugnance

: a strong feeling of dislike or disgust


re·​pug·​nance | \ri-pəg-nənts\

Kids Definition of repugnance

: causing a strong feeling of dislike or disgust

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