revulsion

noun
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

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Other Words from revulsion

revulsive \ ri-​ˈvəl-​siv How to pronounce revulsive (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

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That tension, between duty and revulsion, has the makings of good content. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “why can’t we all just get along” theory of politics," 3 Dec. 2018 The truth is that Jimmy Carter was an accidental president swept narrowly into office by the country’s revulsion at the Watergate mess. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Camelot’s End’ Review: Unpopularity Contest," 25 Jan. 2019 In June this year, Microsoft staff penned an open letter imploring the company to end its contract with ICE due to widespread revulsion at ICE's family separation policy. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft wins $480 million military contract to bring HoloLens to the battlefield," 29 Nov. 2018 Public revulsion toward democratic breaches is neither necessary nor sufficient to protect democracy. German Feierherd, Washington Post, "A significant minority of Americans say they could support a military takeover of the U.S. government," 16 Feb. 2018 Mix in a rising revulsion with Instagram faux-perfection. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 Ultimately, when there’s unaccountable power in the United States, there’s a constitutional revulsion. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 But revulsion toward liberal governance in California is growing as its failures compound. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "California Democrats Test the Limits of Anti-Trumpism," 19 Oct. 2018 But how to overcome the strong revulsion most Westerners feel upon encountering insects in their food? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Forget the guilt trip: There’s a better way to get people to eat more bugs," 2 Oct. 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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revulsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revulsion

somewhat formal : a very strong feeling of dislike or disgust

revulsion

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

Kids Definition of revulsion

: a strong feeling of dislike or disgust

revulsion

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

Medical Definition of revulsion

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

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