Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To excite nausea or loathing in; sicken.
  • transitive v. To offend the taste or moral sense of; repel.
  • n. Profound aversion or repugnance excited by something offensive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause an intense dislike for something.
  • n. An intense dislike or loathing someone feels for something bad or nasty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Repugnance to what is offensive; aversion or displeasure produced by something loathsome; loathing; strong distaste; -- said primarily of the sickening opposition felt for anything which offends the physical organs of taste; now rather of the analogous repugnance excited by anything extremely unpleasant to the moral taste or higher sensibilities of our nature.
  • transitive v. To provoke disgust or strong distaste in; to cause (any one) loathing, as of the stomach; to excite aversion in; to offend the moral taste of; -- often with at, with, or by.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To excite nausea or loathing in; offend the taste of.
  • To offend the mind or moral sense of: with at or with, formerly with from: as, to be disgusted at foppery or with vulgar pretension.
  • To feel a distaste for; have an aversion to; disrelish.
  • n. Strong disrelish or distaste; aversion to the taste of food or drink; nausea; loathing.
  • n. Repugnance excited by something offensive or loathsome; a strong feeling of aversion or repulsion; extreme distaste or dislike.
  • n. Synonyms Hatred, Dislike, etc. (see antipathy), loathing, detestation, abhorrence.

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

  • v. cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
  • v. fill with distaste
  • n. strong feelings of dislike

Etymologies

Late Old French desgouster, to lose one's appetite : des-, dis- + gouster, to eat, taste (from Latin gustāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French desgouster ("to put off one's appetite"), from des- ("dis-") + gouster, goster ("to taste"), from Latin gustus ("a tasting"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sticking around for such conversations, when every part of you wants to walk away in disgust, is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of genuine peace work – and it deserves respect.

    Global Voices in English » Israel: Eurovision Peace Duo Push for Another Way

  • "I was surprised," said Stillman, who yelled in disgust from the penalty box.

    NHL - National Hockey League - St Louis vs. Detroit

  • We turned in disgust from the revolting scene, but were unable to leave the spot until the captain had satisfied a noisy group of his own people, who were demanding a supply of stores.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • But more interesting than the disgust is the system of belief working behind it: the principles of physiognomy.

    The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876

  • It's fairly obvious that Qiao hadn't been able to hide what he called his disgust with his government, and when his brother surfaced as a resurgent last week they added things together and ordered a wet affair, before Qiao could try defecting.

    Quiller Bamboo

  • You should not allow yourself to feel what you call disgust at any of God's creatures.

    Linda Tressel

  • TIRUPATI: A large number of people led by the TDP functionaries have on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Office of the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) here to express what they called their disgust over the 'complete failure' of the State Government in meeting even the basic needs of the poor and middle-class.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • This is one of those books where the reader just has to decide whether to go along for the ride, or whether to close the covers in disgust and move on to something more believable.

    PETRONA

  • Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?

    Chapter 15

  • Wolf Larsen, evidently in disgust, left the deck for the cabin.

    Chapter 35

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