a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike: Cruelty fills me with revulsion.
a sudden and violent change of feeling or response in sentiment, taste, etc.
the act of drawing something back or away.
the fact of being so drawn.
Medicine/Medical. the diminution of morbid action in one part of the body by irritation in another.

1535–45; < Latin revulsiōn- (stem of revulsiō) a tearing away, equivalent to revuls(us) (past participle of revellere to tear away, equivalent to re- re- + vellere to pluck) + -iōn- -ion

revulsionary, adjective

1. disgust, repulsion, loathing, aversion. Unabridged
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revulsion (rɪˈvʌlʃən)
1.  a sudden and unpleasant violent reaction in feeling, esp one of extreme loathing
2.  the act or an instance of drawing back or recoiling from something
3.  obsolete the diversion of disease or congestion from one part of the body to another by cupping, counterirritants, etc
[C16: from Latin revulsiō a pulling away, from revellere, from re- + vellere to pull, tear]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, as a medical term, from L. revulsionem (nom. revulsio) "act of pulling away," from revulsus, pp. of revellere "to pull away," from re- "away" + vellere "to tear, pull." The meaning "sudden reaction of disgust" is first attested 1816.
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revulsion re·vul·sion (rĭ-vŭl'shən)

  1. A sudden, strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.

  2. Counterirritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to an affected area.

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Example sentences
The fascination that had always been lurking swelled up, perhaps at the expense
  of the revulsion.
Yet this revulsion was often followed by critical appraisal, and then grudging
  and partial acceptance.
If there had been no revulsion there would have been no change.
Suburbia was a dream inspired by revulsion to city life.
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