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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Seth’s horndog remarks about women’s body parts that suggest both fixation and revulsion. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "‘Superbad’ & Me," 6 Aug. 2019 The tense uncertainty of the music perfectly suited Mr. Cox’s songs, which were elliptical snapshots of fear, loneliness, revulsion and the occasional triumph, and that feeling of stubborn endurance was essential to their appeal. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter Review: A Statelier Kind of Chaos," 9 Jan. 2019 These worried Americans turn on the TV and get lectured by actors and late-night hosts touting their alien coastal values, causes and over-the-top revulsion for the man elected president. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL controversy is about so much more than a flag," 31 May 2018 For Mr Giammattei, the revulsion that Ms Torres inspires was his most potent electoral weapon. The Economist, "Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote," 12 Aug. 2019 How to describe the revulsion George sometimes felt when Benji visited him for two weeks after Christmas—always sick, always getting injured. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 Rational thought might provoke revulsion, or at least a little guilt. Globe Staff,, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October sent ripples of revulsion throughout the world, endangering the crown prince's efforts to rebrand the country as modern and moderate. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Saudi cleric Salman al-Awda who called for reform could be sentenced to death," 26 July 2019 Hollywood had indeed created a movie about a herd of cats caught in the Uncanny Valley—the overwhelming reaction was one of horrified revulsion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Cats Trailer Is Actually Good. Here's Why.," 19 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of revulsion

somewhat formal : a very strong feeling of dislike or disgust


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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