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

  • transitive v. To oppose or contend against.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To be opposed; conflict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To oppose or resist

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fight against; to oppose; to resist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To oppose; resist; fight against; feel repugnance toward.
  • To affect with repugnance.
  • To be opposed; be in conflict with anything; conflict.

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

  • v. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation


Middle English repugnen, from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnāre, to fight against : re-, re- + pugnāre, to fight with the fist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin repugno. (Wiktionary)


  • It was true that in a man there was self-awareness more keen than in other animals, but from it one could not help analyzing his own insignificance which he would then have to repugn by absconding more fully in the professional and personal domains.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • If he were to work for a month in a factory like a dirt poor laborer (he was indeed swarthy as most Thai laborers and once of their class), return to the sidewalk restaurants which were his inception and, he posited, probably were his true destiny had he not been so insolent to repugn them, or even to return to Silpakorn

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • A flight into the World Trade Center towers of oneself might be in part a flight down to a sordid hell but he, an artist, although a retired one, would hardly repugn it if it were.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • Even if he were to say that it was a new beginning for himself and, unlike other nocturnal prowlers, that he was now a nascent creature capable of appreciating the simple pleasures of the day in a more abstemious lifestyle, there was the immediate past to repugn the assertion.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • Thais with a disposition and willingness to scrutinize their own cultural suppositions were rare but for those who were so inclined to repugn family and Buddha, if only in outward aloofness and tacit pondering, little remained sacrosanct from intellectual dissection except for issues in reference to the king, for to cease to revere him would make one something other than Thai.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • To use his own words: “This I most humbly require and desire of you all, even for his sake who is the God of us all, that I be not compelled to the thing which my conscience doth repugn or strive against.

    V. 1757, 1758

  • What then, if sense and imagination repugn to discourse and reason, affirming that universality to be nothing which reason thinketh herself to see?

    The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy

  • For it is a sin to withstand and to repugn against his Lord like the sin of idolatry.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • IT was his own; and, as regards the main purpose of Montaigne's essay, which was to show that civilisation was no unmixed gain as contrasted with some forms of barbarism, the author of CYMBELINE was hardly the man to repugn it, even if he amused himself by putting forward Caliban [196] as the real "cannibal," in contrast to Montaigne's.

    Montaigne and Shakspere

  • To use his own words: “This I most humbly require and desire of you all, even for his sake who is the God of us all, that I be not compelled to the thing which my conscience doth repugn or strive against.”

    The Journal of John Woolman


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  • Oh dear! What a truly awful choice of word for today. Or maybe St Valentine repugns Garner.

    February 15, 2008

  • 'Repugn' is an archaism meaning 'to offer opposition or strive against; to affect disagreeably or be repugnant to.'
    - Garner's Usage Tip of the Day, February 14, 2008

    February 15, 2008