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[uh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /əˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
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 of aversion
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aversion
  • 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.
  • Aside from his communication problems and an aversion to exerting authority, he cared nothing for entrepreneurship.
  • He endured an aversion to flying to travel to Washington.
  • It's risk aversion, and for a small publisher, it makes good business sense.
  • One of the strongest instincts planted in us is our aversion to bores.
  • There is a widespread aversion to the use of imported kimchi.
  • Because of our natural aversion to inequality, the study authors say, we sometimes find generosity as annoying as selfishness.
British Dictionary definitions for aversion


usually foll by to or for. extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
a person or thing that arouses this: he is my pet aversion
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Word Origin and History for aversion

"a turning away from," 1590s; figurative sense of "mental attitude of repugnance" is from 1650s, from Middle French aversion and directly from Latin aversionem (nominative aversio), noun of action from past participle stem of aversus "turned away, backwards, behind, hostile," itself past participle of avertere (see avert). Earlier in the literal sense of "a turning away from" (1590s). Aversion therapy in psychology is from 1950.

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aversion in Medicine

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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