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 two books are testaments to the importance of documenting a broad spectrum of experiences, of hearing people out even when their ideas and conduct might seem repugnant or incomprehensible at first glance. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 Example number one is that repugnant, egomaniacal genius Richard Wagner. WSJ, "When Great Art Clashes With Bad Behavior," 25 May 2018 Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, called the language in the ads repugnant, disgusting and racist. Washington Post, "Georgia GOP gubernatorial primary gets tough on immigration," 18 May 2018 The latest White House black eye is the result of counsel Don McGahn, chief of staff John Kelly and President Trump's repugnant response to multiple domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter. Jeff Darcy,, "'Infrastructure Week' & 'Porter Week' shams: Darcy cartoon," 14 Feb. 2018 But — stepping back from the investigation — that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior. Aurelie Corinthios,, "NBC Investigation Concludes Matt Lauer 'Engaged in Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'," 9 May 2018 Aside from the United States, the relatively few countries who execute prisoners typically do so by hanging, beheading or firing squad — methods which most Americans find repugnant. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 According to them, the logistics and technicalities of the protections are unbearably repugnant. Luke Darby, GQ, "Donald Trump Is Waging War on Documented Immigrants," 7 May 2018 And, after a strong response from the Liverpool Echo, which labelled Mafham's piece 'vile, presumptuous and repugnant' and Liverpool city mayor Joe Anderson, the newspaper issued a public statement apologising unreservedly., "Daily Express Apologises to Liverpool Over 'Ill-Informed & Wrong' Response to Attack on Innocent Fan," 27 Apr. 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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