American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive: morally repugnant behavior.
- adj. Logic Contradictory; inconsistent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Opposing; resisting; refractory; disposed to oppose or antagonize.
- Standing or being in opposition; opposite; contrary; contradictory; at variance; inconsistent.
- 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.
- Causing mental antagonism or aversion; highly distasteful; offensive.
- Synonyms Opposed, irreconcilable.
- Disagreeable. See antipathy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. 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.
- adj. offensive to the mind
- From Old French repugnant, borrowed from Latin repugnans, present participle of repugnare ("to oppose, to fight against"), from re- ("back, against") + pugnare ("to fight"); see pugnacious. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, antagonistic, from Old French, from Latin repugnāns, repugnant-, present participle of repugnāre, to fight against; see repugn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We find the term repugnant and impossible to define.”
“The leaders of two Baltic countries aren't coming, in part because the Soviet Union's World War II victory marked the beginning of what they call "an occupation," a term repugnant to Moscow.”
“Also morally repugnant is your view that not having your car be keyed should be considered a right, but not being discriminated against in employment or public accommodations should be considered, as you called it, a “mere preference.””
““Also morally repugnant is your view that the right of racists to discriminate in employment or public accommodations has a positive value.””
“Also morally repugnant is your view that the right of racists to discriminate in employment or public accommodations has a positive value.”
““Also morally repugnant is your view that not having your car be keyed should be considered a right, but not being discriminated against in employment or public accommodations should be considered, as you called it, a “mere preference.”””
“What's repugnant is the attempt to use people's desire to help the sick as a Trojan horse for a eugenic agenda.”
“ZAHN: Now, the use of the word repugnant, I don't think that's the first time we've heard that.”
“It was, however, unanimously resolved that in future the expression "industrial inaction" be always used in such connection, as "action" was a word repugnant to all right-thinking Lead-Swingers, and, anyhow, calculated in such a context to give rise to confusion of thought.”
“The final "victim" -- to employ a word repugnant in the highest degree to my feelings -- must be my cousin, Stephen Elliott.”
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