• WordNet 3.6
    • n repugnance intense aversion
    • n repugnance the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Repugnance The state or condition of being repugnant; opposition; contrariety; especially, a strong instinctive antagonism; aversion; reluctance; unwillingness, as of mind, passions, principles, qualities, and the like. "That which causes us to lose most of our time is the repugnance which we naturally have to labor.""Let the foes quietly cut their throats,
      Without repugnancy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n repugnance Opposition; conflict; resistance, in a physical sense.
    • n repugnance Mental opposition or antagonism; positive disinclination (to do or suffer something); in a general sense, aversion.
    • n repugnance Contradictory opposition; in logic, disagreement; inconsistency; contradiction; the relation of two propositions one of which must be true and the other false; the relation of two characters such that every individual must possess the one and lack the other.
    • n repugnance Synonyms Hatred, Dislike, etc. (see antipathy), backwardness, disinclination. See list under aversion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Repugnance (rē-pug′-, like all the succeeding words the state of being repugnant: resistance: aversion: reluctance
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  • William Hazlitt
    “Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. répugnance, L. repugnantia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. repugnārere-, against, pugnāre, to fight.


In literature:

Janet, in her conflict between alternate longing and repugnance, was not concerned with the laws and retributions of God.
"The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete" by Winston Churchill
He examined the stain without repugnance, and thought of the bricklayer.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
He felt a natural repugnance to read this letter.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
The hereditary system, therefore, is as repugnant to human wisdom as to human rights; and is as absurd as it is unjust.
"The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II" by Thomas Paine
This tendency is demonstrated by her repugnance to colonizing my narrow tubes with long series of males.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Its cruel relation to individuals is repugnant to us.
"Mother" by Maksim Gorky
Approval is not repugnant to reason, but can agree therewith and arise therefrom.
"The Ethics" by Benedict de Spinoza
Their eyes met, and she could not restrain a movement of repugnance, which the advocate perceived.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
It was repugnant to him to make use of it, but he might have to.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
His repugnance to the 'Barbarian' must have been at first intense.
"The Roman and the Teuton A Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge" by Charles Kingsley
The idea of Lola entering the vitiated atmosphere of his life was inexpressibly repugnant to me.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke
Although very young, I had no repugnance to marry, but wished to do so according to my own inclinations.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
We never feel so great a degree of repugnance in divulging what is really criminal, as what is merely ridiculous.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Wounded in all her feelings, full of repugnance, she could not get used to it all.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
This strong figure sufficiently shows his repugnance to an author's duty.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Yet she did not hate me; or, at least, our natures were not such as to hate one another or to be repugnant naturally.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The mores changed and all the wider deductions in them were repugnant to slavery.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It would be repugnant to all the calculations of good policy, and to the interests of his people.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
A secret dread and repugnance had held him from it till now.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In high places no repugnance to the pursuit was felt.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing

In poetry:

Never let sleep upon my eyes descend,
'Till I have pleaded hard with thee — and 'till
I on my pardon fully may depend,
For all I did, repugnant to thy will.
"A Prayer At Going To Bed" by Rees Prichard
Ask thou not ought, as long as thou dost live,
That is repugnant to God's holy Word:
If thou shou'dst ask, what he's not pleas'd to give,
Thy prayer will but irritate the Lord.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Hat must it be like to be a writer living and working in a society and under a government that he or she finds wholly repugnant.
We have endless gratitude for our troops, military families, and the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so these degenerates would remain free to express their repugnant thoughts.
In dissenting, Judge J Harvie Wilkinson said he shared the court's "profound repugnance" for Hustler 's "offensive personal attack" on Mr Falwell.
He suggests men wear kilts , preferably in the traditional, well-ventilated fashion, inviting a level of intimacy even the most hardened TSA grope specialist may find repugnant.
In the hands of most New York playwrights, this would suggest a drama focused on the sinister, the violent, the repugnant, the feral.
Dill calls out-of-state spending in Senate race ' repugnant '.
Cracker Barrel response " repugnant ".
The repugnant code behind Todd Akin's words.
Or maybe you didn't want to know, because it is repugnant and vile and opportunistic.
All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.
The idea that voting should be mandatory is absurd, cynical and repugnant.
' Morally Repugnant' Behavior Tolerated By Secret Service, Senator Says.
Mary guards a truth at once profoundly repugnant and profoundly attractive to our culture: the truth that purity is fruitful.
But Chia, who is the author of The Ethics of Human Organ Trading, cautioned that transplanting is "morally complicated" and becomes repugnant when people sell their own organs and when an active trade in organs develops.

In science:

Philosophically, the notion of a beginning of the present order of Nature is repugnant to me” . 4 Lemaˆıtre also considered a model of universe in perpetual oscillation, undergoing cycles of expansion and contraction.
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe
But he found this ‘repugnant’ and hoped that QM would be found incorrect in its prediction of steering , a hope which only recently has been conclusively dashed by experiment .
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR