[uh-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn]
a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy (usually followed by to ): a strong aversion to snakes and spiders.
a cause or object of dislike; person or thing that causes antipathy: His pet aversion is guests who are always late.
Obsolete. the act of averting; a turning away or preventing.

1590–1600; < Latin āversiōn- (stem of āversiō), equivalent to āvers(us) turned away (see averse) + -iōn- -ion

1. distaste, abhorrence, disgust. Aversion, antipathy, loathing connote strong dislike or detestation. Aversion is an unreasoning desire to avoid that which displeases, annoys, or offends: an aversion to (or toward ) cats. Antipathy is a distaste, dislike, or disgust toward something: an antipathy toward (or for ) braggarts. Loathing connotes a combination of hatred and disgust, or detestation: a loathing for (or toward ) hypocrisy, a criminal.

1. predilection.
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aversion (əˈvɜːʃən)
n (usually foll by to or for)
1.  extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
2.  a person or thing that arouses this: he is my pet aversion

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Word Origin & History

1650s, "mental attitude of repugnance," from L. aversionem (nom. aversio), noun of action from aversus "turned away, backwards, behind, hostile," pp. of avertere (see avert). Earlier in the lit. sense of "a turning away from" (1590s). Aversion therapy in psychology is from 1950.
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aversion a·ver·sion (ə-vûr'zhən, -shən)

  1. A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.

  2. A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection.

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Example sentences
Some people have an aversion to killing anything, and some people have an
  aversion to guns.
Ranchers have an understandable aversion to predators eating their cattle.
The memory test the scientists used in their experiments, called conditioned
  taste aversion, is familiar to everyone.
When they meet, it's aversion at first sight.
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