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repugnance

or repugnancy

[ri-puhg-nuh ns] /rɪˈpʌg nəns/
noun
1.
the state of being repugnant.
2.
strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
3.
contradictoriness or inconsistency.
Origin of repugnance
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin repugnantia, equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -antia -ance
Synonyms
2. hatred, hostility. See dislike. 3. contrariety, incompatibility, irreconcilability.
Antonyms
2. attraction, liking. 3. compatibility.
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  • If the Creole noticed their repugnance, he betrayed no sign of it.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Again the thought of it brought Helen a feeling of repugnance.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • “Yes; I do tell you that,” he said with a feeling of repugnance that would tinge his voice.

    The Rosery Folk George Manville Fenn
  • He did not like to see it on his desk, he had a repugnance to touch it.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance, rather of a leap of welcome.

  • Her limbs, which were still burning, shuddered with repugnance.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Brougham first turned aside their repugnance by telling them what Bacon knew, that "knowledge is power."

  • But it would need more than repugnance to save him from his destiny.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • To a certain extent the figure of Dogberry and more especially the face, justify Tieck's repugnance.

  • I asked the reason of this repugnance, and she only gave me a vague, unmeaning answer.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for repugnance
n.

late 14c., from Old French repugnance "opposition, resistance" (13c.) or directly from Latin repugnantia "incompatibility," from stem of repugnare "resist, disagree, be incompatible" (see repugnant).

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