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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Other Words from revulsion

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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Naturally, these selfies were met with a mixture of awe, revulsion, and intrigue. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Story Behind A. Human, the Brand That Did Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen's Body Modifications," 5 Sep. 2018 His relationship with the bartender makes for a comedy of revulsion. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Spirit of the Strip Mall," 24 May 2018 The collapse revealed one more important thing: The power of mass revulsion. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Lessons From the Trump Family-Separation Fiasco," 20 June 2018 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

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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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