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.
Origin: 1590–1600; < Latināversiōn- (stem of āversiō), equivalent to āvers(us) turned away (see averse) + -iōn--ion
Synonyms 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.
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.