• WordNet 3.6
    • adj repugnant offensive to the mind "an abhorrent deed","the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee","morally repugnant customs","repulsive behavior","the most repulsive character in recent novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Repugnant Disposed to fight against; hostile; at war with; being at variance; contrary; inconsistent; refractory; disobedient; also, distasteful in a high degree; offensive; -- usually followed by to, rarely and less properly by with; as, all rudeness was repugnant to her nature. "His sword repugnant to command.""There is no breach of a divine law but is more or less repugnant unto the will of the Lawgiver, God himself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repugnant Opposing; resisting; refractory; disposed to oppose or antagonize.
    • repugnant Standing or being in opposition; opposite; contrary; contradictory; at variance; inconsistent.
    • repugnant In law, contrary to or inconsistent with another part of the same document or law, or of another which must be construed with it: generally used of a clause inconsistent with some other clause or with the general object of the instrument.
    • repugnant Causing mental antagonism or aversion; highly distasteful; offensive.
    • repugnant Synonyms Opposed, irreconcilable.
    • repugnant Disagreeable. See antipathy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Repugnant hostile: adverse: contrary: distasteful: at variance
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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. répugnant, or L. repugnans, -antis, p. pr. of repugnare,. See Repugn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. repugnārere-, against, pugnāre, to fight.


In literature:

At the very first glance each one felt that inevitable repugnance which the lapse of years can never efface.
"The Champdoce Mystery" by Emile Gaboriau
It was equally repugnant to her to accept the evasion offered by this delicate deception.
"The Man in the Iron Mask" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The repugnance felt by Sainte-Croix for his fellow-prisoner did not last long, and the clever master found his pupil apt.
"Celebrated Crimes, Complete" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
To make capital out of a person's weakness is repugnant to me.
"Fraternity" by John Galsworthy
An invincible repugnance withheld him.
"Ramona" by Helen Hunt Jackson
It was Eleanor who chiefly felt a sort of repugnance to being thus, as it were, bought off or compensated for being sent out of reach.
"Two Penniless Princesses" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It was like a hot, almost like a sweating hand, coarse and violent, and repugnant.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
But it is repugnant to their custom for any man to use arms, before the community has attested his capacity to wield them.
"Tacitus on Germany" by Tacitus
But to persist still in this matter, what is more repugnant to sense than the imagining of such things?
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
There is one subject which cannot be ignored in discussing this battle, however repugnant it may be.
"The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle

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