from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Extreme dislike or aversion.
  • n. Logic The relationship of contradictory terms; inconsistency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. extreme aversion, repulsion
  • n. contradiction, inconsistency, incompatibility, incongruity; an instance of such.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Opposition; conflict; resistance, in a physical sense.
  • n. Mental opposition or antagonism; positive disinclination (to do or suffer something); in a general sense, aversion.
  • n. 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. Synonyms Hatred, Dislike, etc. (see antipathy), backwardness, disinclination. See list under aversion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
  • n. intense aversion


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  • In fact, now he looked closely at him for the first time, he felt a kind of repugnance to him, mingled with a strange feeling of doubt whether a man or a woman stood before him.

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