dis·​gust | \ di-ˈskəst How to pronounce disgust (audio) , dis-ˈgəst also diz- \

Definition of disgust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked aversion aroused by something highly distasteful : repugnance wrinkled her nose in disgust his disgust at the way the media has been covering the story


disgusted; disgusting; disgusts

Definition of disgust (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provoke to loathing, repugnance, or aversion : be offensive to The idea of eating raw meat disgusts him.
2 : to cause (one) to lose an interest or intention is disgusted by their ignorance

intransitive verb

: to cause disgust

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Examples of disgust in a Sentence

Noun He eyed the greasy food with disgust. As the smell of garbage drifted through the air, she wrinkled her nose in disgust. He talked about his disgust with the way the news media focuses on celebrities. Much to the disgust of some listeners, the speech was interrupted several times by a few people in the audience. She shook her head in disgust when I described the scene. Verb She's a vegetarian because the idea of eating meat totally disgusts her. The photographs disgust some people. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her agitation and self-disgust, her terror of being barely human, drove her to twist clusters of her hair around her fingers, to yank hard. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Instead of spurring widespread disgust, Trump's unapologetic bigotry sent the left reeling and created a culture of permissiveness on the right -- the filters of propriety and politeness came down, the façade of decency was roughed off. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 The interviewers elicit confessions from the dirty cops a little too easily — though, satisfyingly, there’s no honor among thieves, the reckless profligacy of Jenkins’s thefts stirring an unexpected self-disgust among his troops. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 During the song, judge Ken Jeong could be seen walking off the stage in apparent disgust. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 One after another, more than a decade later, people are responding to it with current disgust at Netflix. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 May 2022 Turkey’s release of evidence — and Erdogan’s outspoken disgust at the killing — spurred international outrage at Saudi Arabia for a time. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Late in the fourth quarter, the crowd erupted in disgust as the officials' reviewed a play of Herb Jones throwing his shoulder into Ayton's chin. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2022 Popular disgust at the corruption prevalent during the years that Mr. Hernández ruled contributed to the landslide victory of leftist Xiomara Castro, who won the presidency in November. Juan Carlos Rivera, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Respondents reacted more leniently to close others, reporting less anger and disgust toward them, rating them as less unethical, and reporting less of a desire to punish or criticize them compared to strangers. Mark Travers, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Being the assumed carrier of that entire weight would disgust me more than the leering. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2022 Other companies attributed their moves to disgust over the Kremlin’s attack on a sovereign neighbor. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 As more industry veterans make visits to the museum for the first time, resentment continues to simmer, with some expressing everything from confusion to downright disgust about the programming. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2022 Strollers, bikers and runners on Ocean Front Walk expressed everything from sadness to disgust to pronounced disinterest in a giant sign along the famous boardwalk that suggests people should disdain vaccines that combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 The relief the consumer feels upon getting their goods back gives way to disgust and sadness over how they were treated. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Elation turns to disgust and resentment in this passage, which describes with exacting specificity certain aspects of violations that many readers will recognize. Nicole Rudick, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 And as the Cosby news jolted the national conversation about the criminal justice system, the reaction among those who track and study wrongful convictions ranged from celebration to disgust. Janell Ross, Time, 7 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disgust


1598, in the meaning defined above


1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for disgust

Verb and Noun

Middle French desgouster, from des- dis- + goust taste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose

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The first known use of disgust was in 1598

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“Disgust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgust. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disgust


dis·​gust | \ di-ˈskəst How to pronounce disgust (audio) , dis-ˈgəst \

Kids Definition of disgust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of dislike or annoyance for something considered sickening or bad This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


disgusted; disgusting

Kids Definition of disgust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause to feel strong dislike or annoyance by being sickening or bad This greasy food disgusts me.

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disgustedly adverb

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