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

  • n. A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
  • n. A withdrawing or turning away from something.
  • n. Medicine Counterirritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to the affected area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. abhorrence, a sense of loathing, intense aversion, repugnance, repulsion, horror
  • n. A sudden violent feeling of disgust.
  • n. The treatment of one diseased area by acting elsewhere; counterirritation.
  • n. A strong pulling or drawing back; withdrawal.
  • n. A sudden reaction; a sudden and complete change of the feelings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong pulling or drawing back; withdrawal.
  • n. A sudden reaction; a sudden and complete change; -- applied to the feelings.
  • n. The act of turning or diverting any disease from one part of the body to another. It resembles derivation, but is usually applied to a more active form of counter irritation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of pulling or drawing away; abstraction; forced separation.
  • n. In medicine, the diminution of morbid action in one locality by developing it artificially in another, as by counter-irritation.
  • n. A sudden or violent change, particularly a change of feeling.

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

  • n. intense aversion

Etymologies

Latin revulsiō, revulsiōn-, from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to tear back : re-, re- + vellere, to tear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French révulsion, Latin revulsio. (Wiktionary)

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