re·​pug·​nant | \ ri-ˈpəg-nənt How to pronounce repugnant (audio) \

Definition of repugnant

2 archaic : hostile
3 : exciting distaste or aversion repugnant language a morally repugnant practice

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The noose is an incendiary image with repugnant racial connotations. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "N.Y. judge barred from bench for posting noose image with 'Make America Great Again' caption," 18 Sep. 2019 This looks to have applied to Bolsonaro, whose fondness for saying repugnant things is no secret. Ryan Lloyd, Vox, "Pollin’ ain’t easy: why did Brazilian pollsters go so badly astray in 2018?," 26 Oct. 2018 That March, Google promised to hire more human reviewers and upgrade its technology to keep ads away from repugnant videos. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: What causes YouTube to take down videos?," 4 Apr. 2018 That improvement from teetering on repugnant to okay means Kanye gets it together at least once. Brian Josephs,, "Kanye West is an unreliable pastor on Jesus Is King," 28 Oct. 2019 One is that supremacy, through its association with white supremacy, evokes a repugnant political stance. Wired, "Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’," 6 Oct. 2019 Eventually his antics were so repugnant that the Church was obliged to remove him from his post. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 At the center is Joel Reitsma's forcible turn as Paul, a convincingly impossible concoction: childlike, malevolent, charming, repugnant, pathetic, condemnable. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Joel Reitsma's star turn in Birdland may be the performance of the season," 11 Apr. 2018 In our book, Bradley Whitford's paterfamilias is no less repugnant than Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal. Lisa Rosen,, "Is 'Shape of Water' this year's 'Return of the King'? Looking to the past to predict the Oscars," 15 Feb. 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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“Repugnant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of repugnant

formal : 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


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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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