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[ri-puhg-nuh nt] /rɪˈpʌg nənt/
distasteful, objectionable, or offensive:
a repugnant smell.
making opposition; averse.
opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.
Origin of repugnant
1350-1400; Middle English repugnaunt < Middle French < Latin repugnant- (stem of repugnāns, present participle of repugnāre), equivalent to repugn(āre) to repugn + -ant- -ant
Related forms
repugnantly, adverb
unrepugnant, adjective
unrepugnantly, adverb
3. antagonistic, adverse, hostile. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repugnant
  • Carving up humanity with a system of psychiatric labeling is rather repugnant in any case.
  • Rising inequality isn't only morally repugnant, he said, it is economically inefficient and damaging to the country.
  • It can be a smart loss mitigation strategy, even if philosophically repugnant.
  • His morally repugnant behavior has coarsened the body politic.
  • If it happens too seldom that he corrects them, it is because it is repugnant to him to return to a work that has grown cold.
  • Well, society is responsible-it thrives on the repugnant.
  • Second, not only is propaganda morally dubious, but it is almost always aesthetically repugnant.
  • Perp walks may be repugnant, but as long as they remain transparent, their effect is limited.
  • For those of us not within immediate range of the flying spittle, umpire-baiting can be as mesmerizing as it is repugnant.
  • What is repugnant is the idea that government exists to solve problems rather than being the source of problems itself.
British Dictionary definitions for repugnant


repellent to the senses; causing aversion
distasteful; offensive; disgusting
contradictory; inconsistent or incompatible
Derived Forms
repugnance, (rare) repugnancy, noun
repugnantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin repugnāns resisting; see repugn
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Word Origin and History for repugnant

late 14c., "contrary, contradictory," from Old French repugnant "contradictory, opposing" or directly from Latin repugnantem (nominative repugnans), present participle of repugnare "to resist, fight back, oppose; disagree, be incompatible," from re- "back" (see re-) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Meaning "distasteful, objectionable" is from 1777.

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