repugnance

Repugnance means strong distaste for something. If you love animals, you probably feel repugnance for people who mistreat their horses.

The word repugnance comes from Latin root words, re, meaning back, and pugnare, to fight. When we use repugnance, we don't just mean the feeling of fighting back or resisting, but also a feeling of horror or sickness that causes you to resist in the first place. If something grosses you out, you feel repugnance for it. Repugnance can also express a feeling of moral horror: you probably feel repugnance at photographs of torture.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: repugnance

1
n
intense aversion
2
n
the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: repugnance
1

n intense aversion

Synonyms:
horror, repulsion, revulsion
Type of:
disgust
strong feelings of dislike
2

n the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time

Synonyms:
incompatibility, inconsistency, mutual exclusiveness
Type of:
contradictoriness
the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist
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