re·​pug·​nant | \ri-ˈpəg-nənt \

Definition of repugnant 

2 archaic : hostile

3 : exciting distaste or aversion repugnant language a morally repugnant practice

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Other Words from repugnant

repugnantly adverb

Examples of repugnant in a Sentence

technically speaking, it may not be a violation, but it is certainly repugnant to the spirit of the law

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The irony is that both Michael Spender and John Auden came to think of empire as repugnant. Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 The show itself has always been abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values. Ed Stockly,, "Calendar Letters: Jane Pauley, John McCain, Roseanne Barr and more," 31 May 2018 His constant trashing of the media, while repugnant, has been effective to the extent that his supporters don’t really believe what’s in well-sourced, legitimate stories. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "A year after 'covfefe': Twitter is Trump's greatest tool," 30 May 2018 Rich has been one of the leaders in Annapolis — and in the state of Maryland — in pushing back against the unconstitutional and morally repugnant of policies of President Trump. Erin Cox,, "Democrats running for Maryland governor would run starkly different campaigns against Hogan," 22 June 2018 The veteran columnist raises another thorny question: What should be the reaction of employees when their company facilitates repugnant behavior? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech's Leaders Should Heed Employee Outrage With Prudent Response," 9 July 2018 Unfortunately, her prodigious effort has resulted in little more than a repugnant showcase for her acting talents that few viewers will be able to stomach for the duration of its running time. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 2018 And, by the way, Fonda wasn't the only repugnant person on the left to go after a Trump child. Fox News, "Rep. Meadows says subpoenas forthcoming over Russia probe," 22 June 2018 Ari Kagan, a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Hindsight, a think-tank at Duke University, points out that many people find the idea of applying quantitative reasoning to altruism repugnant—like charging family members for a meal. The Economist, "Can “effective altruism” maximise the bang for each charitable buck?," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of repugnant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repugnant

Middle English, opposed, contradictory, incompatible, from Anglo-French, from Latin repugnant-, repugnans, present participle of repugnare to fight against, from re- + pugnare to fight — more at pungent

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English Language Learners Definition of repugnant

: causing a strong feeling of dislike or disgust


re·​pug·​nant | \ri-ˈpəg-nənt\

Kids Definition of repugnant

: causing a strong feeling of dislike or distrust


re·​pug·​nant | \ri-ˈpəg-nənt \

Legal Definition of repugnant 

: characterized by contradiction and irreconcilability the arbitrator's decision was not repugnant to the Act— M. A. Kelly

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