Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To feel disgust; loathe; abominate.

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  • verb intransitive To feel disgust (toward); loathe; abominate.
  • verb transitive To disgust; cause (one) to loathe.

Etymologies

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From Middle English wlaten, wlatien, from Old English wlātian, wlǣtian ("to loathe; cause a person loathing, disgust"), from Proto-Germanic *wlētōnan, *wlatōnan (“to disgust”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel(w)-, *wlē- (“to twist, wind, roll”). Cognate with Scots wlate ("to disgust"), Middle Low German wlaten ("to disgust, nauseate"). Related also to Old English ġewlǣtan ("to pollute, defile, debase").

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