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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s trepidation—and even a bit of revulsion—to meat grown in a lab. Jenny Splitter / Photography Kelsey Mcclellan, Popular Mechanics, "Please Don't Call This Cultured Nugget "Lab Meat"," 20 Dec. 2019 Later in his career, his revulsion for speculative trading turned him into a regulatory hawk and a scourge of Wall Street. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "How Paul Volcker beat inflation and saved an independent Fed," 10 Dec. 2019 Merkel met with a small group in the upper chambers and talked about the complex feelings of revulsion and shame the attack had prompted. Arne Delfs,, "Merkel in Auschwitz Offers a Stern Warning to a Divided World," 6 Dec. 2019 People naturally search for terms that not only convey the political aspect of the killings, but more fully express their revulsion and horror towards the event itself. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 The memoirs of former Obama aides follow a similar pattern in reckoning with the catastrophe in Syria: the aides discuss their revulsion at the slaughter and their desire to use American power to ameliorate it. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019 Conservative members of Congress may feel an inherent revulsion to relying on a government solution to regulate a thriving private industry. Jessica Sagers, STAT, "Booker-Sanders-Harris drug affordability bureau could be brilliant," 18 Nov. 2019 Given their revulsion for the incumbent, many attendees expressed gratitude that Mr. Biden was running for president. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Does Joe Biden Want to Be Doing This?," 31 July 2019 Just as viewers responded to the first Cats trailer, which dropped in July, with a mixture of revulsion and panic, social media blew up this week once again, spewing the digital equivalent of hairballs. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Why Is the Cats Trailer So Upsetting? An Investigation," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revulsion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of revulsion

somewhat formal : a very strong feeling of dislike or disgust


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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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