• WordNet 3.6
    • v repugn to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation "They contested the outcome of the race"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Repugn To fight against; to oppose; to resist. "Stubbornly he did repugn the truth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repugn To oppose; resist; fight against; feel repugnance toward.
    • repugn To affect with repugnance.
    • repugn To be opposed; be in conflict with anything; conflict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Repugn rē-pūn′ (Shak.) to fight against, to oppose
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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. répugner, L. repugnare, repugnatum,; pref. re-, + pugnare, to fight. See Pugnacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. repugnārere-, against, pugnāre, to fight.


In literature:

In fact, Tillie herself did not understand her own repugnance to Absalom's caresses.
"Tillie: A Mennonite Maid" by Helen Reimensnyder Martin
To him, affinity and kinship with the other animals is a repugnant thing.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
The idea implies a right of veto which is repugnant to me.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
It began with a revelation terribly repugnant to him.
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Her limbs, which were still burning, shuddered with repugnance.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
Lilian, I am convinced, does more than dislike him; he has inspired her with repugnance, with terror.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
On the other part, in opposition and repugnancy hereto, the philosophers say that idleness is the mother of luxury.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Caesar felt a sort of deep repugnance for the people shut up here, remote from life and protected from it by a lot of things.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
What if this great repugnance be but a trial!
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
Gervaise, suddenly seized with a great repugnance, drew back.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola

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