Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
  • noun Archaic A withdrawing or turning away from something.
  • noun Medicine The reduction of superficial inflammation in an affected body part, as by topical agents, in order to decrease inflammation in adjacent structures.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A strong pulling or drawing back; withdrawal.
  • noun A sudden reaction; a sudden and complete change; -- applied to the feelings.
  • noun (Med.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun intense aversion

Etymologies

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

[Latin revulsiō, revulsiōn-, from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to tear back : re-, re- + vellere, to tear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French révulsion, Latin revulsio.

Examples

  • What about what you called the revulsion factor, that is the graphic ...

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2005

  • You complain that you won't get a rational answer but you sound like one whose antipathy clouds all judgement, one whose revulsion is so extreme, their disgust so bound to fear and hate, that it manifests in outright delusion, in conspiracy theories of covert and overt ideological Powers-That-Be, Evil Forces aligned against all that is good and decent.

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  • You complain that you won't get a rational answer but you sound like one whose antipathy clouds all judgement, one whose revulsion is so extreme, their disgust so bound to fear and hate, that it manifests in outright delusion, in conspiracy theories of covert and overt ideological Powers-That-Be, Evil Forces aligned against all that is good and decent.

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  • I think the current trajectory, which has thinking persons of a centrist nature fleeing the GOP in revulsion of the Base, has just about run its course.

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  • Oh wait, that particular revulsion is limited to the poor souls that get to pick up the pieces and smell the stentch of your destuction.

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  • Ereshkigal gently pressed her flesh to his and he shuddered in revulsion and ecstasy.

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  • Now in revulsion, the American people will solidify the Democrat majority.

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  • Ereshkigal gently pressed her flesh to his and he shuddered in revulsion and ecstasy.

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  • An Obama/Clinton ticket; the nation should recoil in revulsion at the thought of it.

    McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

  • But Lily hesitated to go; her whole body clenched in revulsion at the thought of leaving so soon.

    The Sisters and the Seeds « A Fly in Amber

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