re·​vul·​sion | \ ri-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce revulsion (audio) \

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

Other Words from revulsion

revulsive \ ri-​ˈvəl-​siv How to pronounce revulsion (audio) \ adjective

Examples of revulsion in a Sentence

She was struck with revulsion at the sight of the dead animal. a growing revulsion to war
Recent Examples on the Web Since 2017, a surge of global concern—much of it triggered by revulsion at President Trump and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5 Celsius report—signaled a new era of climate action. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 Which raises a grating question: How long will the revulsion last—not only in Germany but in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, even eternally neutral Switzerland, which has joined in? Josef Joffe, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 The shock and revulsion reflected in their words and deeds present a stark contrast to today’s party line, which essentially amounts to move along, nothing to see here. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Crucially, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to revulsion along both sides of the political spectrum in the United States. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 The photos and video from Bucha have set off a new wave of global condemnation and revulsion. Amanda Seitz And Arijeta Lajka, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 But Gunther’s surprise hit points to a different genesis: the anti-fascism of the ’30s and widespread revulsion at the dehumanizing horrors of World War II. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 Many others would have witnessed the same events and experienced only disgust and revulsion, but not Henrietta. Brodie Ramin, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2021 The deaths have sparked global revulsion and calls for tougher sanctions on Russia, which has vehemently denied its troops were responsible. Edith M. Lederer And Jennifer Peltz, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of revulsion was in 1609

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“Revulsion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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re·​vul·​sion | \ ri-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce revulsion (audio) \

Kids Definition of revulsion

: a strong feeling of dislike or disgust


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Medical Definition of revulsion

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

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