aversion

noun

aver·​sion ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio)
-shən
1
a
: a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it
regards drunkenness with aversion
b
: a settled dislike : antipathy
expressed an aversion to parties
c
: a tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation and especially a usually pleasurable one because it is or has been associated with a noxious stimulus
2
: an object of dislike or aversion
"Of all things inconstancy is my aversion." Jane Austen
3
obsolete : the act of turning away

Example Sentences

Diners who want to reduce the size of their environmental footprint might reassess their aversion to bugs, DeFoliart says. Janet Raloff, Science News, 7 June 2008 A 16-year Monitor veteran with no previous combat experience, Tyson said she has yet to start reading newspapers on a regular basis because of her aversion to war news and does not like talking about it yet. Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher, 21 Apr. 2003 The answer was revealing in many ways. It showed his dark humor, aversion to sentimentality, keen understanding of the role that realism must play in a messy world, and somewhat less keen appreciation for the role that morality plays in sustaining a democracy's foreign policy. Walter Isaacson, New Republic, 16 Dec. 2002 They regarded war with aversion. I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.
Recent Examples on the Web Wales Bonner chose menswear as her foundational language precisely because of its long-standing rigidity, its strict parameters and aversion to upheaval. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 With Steinem as its guide, second-wave feminist criticism of Marilyn overwhelmingly struck the same note: condescending aversion masquerading as empathy or high-minded appreciation of tragedy. Sophie Lewis, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 His attitude leaves Floridians once again vulnerable to disaster, just as the governor’s vaccine hesitancy and aversion to masking led to thousands of excess deaths in the state. Kartik Krishnaiyer, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2022 The iPhone 14's Pro and Pro Max versions are selling faster than the base model—usually the best seller—but even these premium versions aren’t a massive deviation from their predecessors, because of the company’s conservatism and risk aversion. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 29 Sep. 2022 The aversion to lower-denomination bills affects transactions in the other direction as well, said Faiz Zaland, a professor of political science at Kabul University. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 Mastriano’s aversion to the news media and his inability to afford advertising, trying to win over moderate Republicans who might be put off by Mastriano’s far-right proposals. Reid J. Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2022 However, one habit that hasn’t changed is the species’ strong aversion to heavily populated urban centers. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 The second is an aversion to sending large contingents of troops to conflict zones. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see averse

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of aversion was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Aversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

aversion

noun

aver·​sion ə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce aversion (audio)
1
: a strong dislike
2
: something strongly disliked

Medical Definition

aversion

noun

1
: a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it
2
: a tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation and especially a usually pleasurable one because it is or has been associated with a noxious stimulus
conditioning of food aversions by drug injection

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