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[dis-guhst, dih-skuhst] /dɪsˈgʌst, dɪˈskʌst/
verb (used with object)
to cause loathing or nausea in.
to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in:
Your vulgar remarks disgust me.
a strong distaste; nausea; loathing.
repugnance caused by something offensive; strong aversion:
He left the room in disgust.
Origin of disgust
1590-1600; (v.) < Middle French desgouster, equivalent to des- dis-1 + gouster to taste, relish, derivative of goust taste < Latin gusta (see choose); (noun) < Middle French desgoust, derivative of the v.
Related forms
disgustedly, adverb
disgustedness, noun
predisgust, noun
quasi-disgusted, adjective
quasi-disgustedly, adverb
self-disgust, noun
undisgusted, adjective
Can be confused
discussed, disgust.
1. sicken, nauseate. 2. repel, revolt. 4. abhorrence, detestation, antipathy. See dislike.
1. delight. 4. relish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disgust
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  • There he sits all day long—a menace to the public health, and an object of disgust.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • "You here, Sandy," said she, bestowing a look of disgust upon me.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • No gentleman ever sat down with him an hour without a sensation of loathing and disgust.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • His tone was full of disgust, much as though she had said gambling or burglary.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • She thought of the disgust she would have felt if she had ever seen Mr. Haveloc intoxicated.

British Dictionary definitions for disgust


verb (transitive)
to sicken or fill with loathing
to offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of
a great loathing or distaste aroused by someone or something
in disgust, as a result of disgust
Derived Forms
disgustedly, adverb
disgustedness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French desgouster, from des-dis-1 + gouster to taste, from goust taste, from Latin gustus
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Word Origin and History for disgust

1590s, from Middle French desgoust "strong dislike, repugnance," literally "distaste" (16c., Modern French dégoût), from desgouster "have a distaste for," from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + gouster "taste," from Latin gustare "to taste" (see gusto).


c.1600, from Middle French desgouster "have a distaste for" (see disgust (n.)). Sense has strengthened over time, and subject and object have been reversed: cf. "It is not very palatable, which makes some disgust it" (1660s). The reverse sense of "to excite nausea" is attested from 1640s. Related: Disgusted; disgusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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