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 His cousin Osita, once as close as a brother, reacts at first with revulsion that will prove telling. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Review: Identity and grief entwine in Akwaeke Emezi’s wrenching 'The Death of Vivek Oji'," 4 Aug. 2020 Pet Detective, perpetuate the violent and horrific notion that trans bodies are to be met with revulsion. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "This Doc Is A Wakeup Call About Transgender Representation in Hollywood," 29 June 2020 Justified revulsion drives many of the actions, such as the removal of memorials to Confederate soldiers and racist politicians in cities across the South. John King,, "Toppled SF monuments signal larger social changes about how and what we memorialize," 25 June 2020 Her most striking arguments reverse the stereotype of smell as the brute of the senses, a crude instrument of titillation or revulsion, without much relevance to our higher mental capacities. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 23 June 2020 Their top executives have expressed support for America’s black community amid widespread revulsion over the death of George Floyd more than two weeks ago in police custody in Minneapolis. Brendan Scott,, "Joshua Wong Calls Lebron James a Hypocrite for Silence on China," 9 June 2020 In the natural world, too, colors which sit beside yellow on the spectrum mix with it to create putrid shades that bring to mind acid, pus, poison, and toxic foods and flowers, causing revulsion and fear. Georgia Murray,, "The Irresistible Appeal Of A Yellow Dress," 26 May 2020 There’s no indication in this account, for example, that the Great Society was made possible by voter revulsion against the radical conservative views of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater. Geoffrey Kabaservice, Washington Post, "Searching for socialism in the Great Society," 5 Dec. 2019 Kirsty Gogan, who advocates for expanding the use of nuclear power at Energy for Humanity, her NGO, has even identified gut revulsion from solutions perceived as taboos as a culprit in the climate crisis. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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17 Aug 2020

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“Revulsion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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