re·vul·sion | \ ri-ˈvəl-shən \

Definition of revulsion 

1 : a strong pulling or drawing away : withdrawal

2a : a sudden or strong reaction or change

b : a sense of utter distaste or repugnance

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revulsive \ri-ˈvəl-siv \ adjective

Examples of revulsion in a Sentence

She was struck with revulsion at the sight of the dead animal. a growing revulsion to war

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For days, the words — and tears, fury and revulsion — spilled out from a courtroom nearby as the women confronted the onetime physician, Larry Nassar, at his sentencing. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "After the Nassar sentencing, a silent reckoning at Michigan State," 26 Jan. 2018 Navigating those stresses now has been complicated by the wide revulsion for Trump among the Mexican public. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Mexico’s leftist president-elect begins his outreach to the U.S. and Trump," 6 July 2018 Then again, one of the big reasons that depictions of naked women are considered controversial is because of a patriarchal history that’s cultivated fear and revulsion toward the nude female form, so IDK! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "All the Ways I Feel About the New Yeezy Ads as a Feminist," 13 June 2018 Jack Payne Presenting insects in a context that allows us to explore our fascination with them instead of our revulsion to them opens a channel for real learning. Jack Payne,, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Her Parasite rippled in response, whether with pleasure or revulsion, Violet never knew. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Defence attorneys face a battle to prevent global revulsion against David and Louise Turpin from prejudicing their court case. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 Some critics hope that the public revulsion against child separation will lead to ending virtually all detention of asylum seekers. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 Presenting such a device to people more familiar with the American or European smartphone markets draws gasps of surprised revulsion. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of revulsion

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revulsion

Latin revulsion-, revulsio act of tearing away, from revellere to pluck away, from re- + vellere to pluck — more at vulnerable

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English Language Learners Definition of revulsion

: a very strong feeling of dislike or disgust


re·vul·sion | \ ri-ˈvəl-shən \

Kids Definition of revulsion

: a strong feeling of dislike or disgust


re·vul·sion | \ ri-ˈvəl-shən \

Medical Definition of revulsion 

: alleviation of a localized disease by treatment (as with counterirritants) of an adjacent region

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