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repugnance

[ri-puhg-nuh ns] /rɪˈpʌg nəns/
noun
1.
the state of being repugnant.
2.
strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
3.
contradictoriness or inconsistency.
Also, repugnancy.
Origin
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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  • Changing the image of recycling from one of repugnance to one of respect was a major achievement of early recycling advocates.
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  • One thing which doubtless contributed to keep up this amiable mean, was a general repugnance to sordid labor.
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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