Definition of aversion in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈvəːʃ(ə)n/


1A strong dislike or disinclination: they made plain their aversion to the use of force
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  • I was a radio deejay for a time, so I have a strong aversion to anybody tampering with my visions of a real artist.
  • She liked him, which is extremely important given her strong aversion to doctors.
  • The U.S. government has a strong aversion to any commitments it does not think it will keep.
dislike of, distaste for, disinclination, abhorrence, hatred, hate, loathing, detestation, odium, antipathy, hostility;
disgust, revulsion, repugnance, horror;
resistance, unwillingness, reluctance, avoidance, evasion, shunning
informal allergy
archaic disrelish
1.1Someone or something that arouses a strong dislike or disinclination: my dog’s pet aversion is visitors, particularly males
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  • The disciplined worker, he indicated, ‘was entitled to his own pet aversions.’
  • One of my pet aversions is sitting cooped up in an aircraft in a not too spacious or comfortable seat and being pummeled.
  • This led to their conclusion that odors associated with toxicity, like warning colors, can have a special intrinsic warning value and trigger innate aversions.



Example sentences
  • Through our strong aversive reactions to substances such as feces, decaying meat, corpses, and other bodily waste, we police the boundaries of our body from contamination every day.
  • Negative reinforcement involves the removal of an aversive stimulus that also results in an increase in the future frequency of a behavior, and often involves escape or avoidance responding.
  • He understands what really are the reinforcers and aversive stimuli in the everyday lives of everyday people, like you and me and him and Skinner and Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.


Late 16th century (originally denoting the action of turning away or averting one's eyes): from Latin aversio(n-), from avertere 'turn away from' (see avert).

Words that rhyme with aversion

animadversion, aspersion, assertion, bioconversion, Cistercian, coercion, conversion, desertion, disconcertion, dispersion, diversion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version

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Line breaks: aver|sion

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