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repugnant Line breaks: re¦pug|nant
Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌɡnənt/

Definition of repugnant in English:

adjective

1Extremely distasteful; unacceptable: cannibalism seems repugnant to us
More example sentences
  • All the countries of the world will hopefully come together to find a way to fight this sort of terrorism, which is repugnant to all reasonable people.
  • Mainly because some of what those who don't like the paintings find repugnant is repugnant to me too.
  • The whole idea of anyone acting as judge, jury and executioner is totally repugnant to a civilized society.
Synonyms
abhorrent, revolting, repulsive, repellent, disgusting, offensive, objectionable, vile, foul, nasty, loathsome, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, hateful, detestable, execrable, abominable, monstrous, appalling, reprehensible, deplorable, insufferable, intolerable, unacceptable, despicable, contemptible, beyond the pale, unspeakable, noxious, obscene, base, hideous, grisly, gruesome, horrendous, heinous, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, unsavoury, unpalatable, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, dislikeable, off-putting, displeasing
informal ghastly, horrible, horrid, gross, putrid, sick-making, yucky, God-awful
British informal beastly
North American informal skanky
literary noisome
archaic disgustful, scurvy, loathly
rare rebarbative
2 (repugnant to) In conflict or incompatible with: a by-law must not be repugnant to the general law of the country
More example sentences
  • What's repugnant to justice is the attitude that some people should be denied it, no matter what is done to them.
  • The radio host has been suspended for two weeks following what he himself calls ‘repugnant, repulsive and horrible’ remarks.
Synonyms
incompatible with, in conflict with, contrary to, at variance with, contradictory to, inconsistent with, alien to, opposed to
rare oppugnant to
2.1 archaic Given to stubborn resistance.

Derivatives

repugnantly
adverb
Example sentences
  • If you find this sort of thing revolting and repugnantly narcissistic, you are small-minded and stupid.
  • Like the 30-year-old original, it's truly horrific - a portrait that's relentlessly dark, repugnantly graphic, and hopelessly evil.
  • A community sullies itself by keeping alive certain people who have acted in such a repugnantly depraved and murderous fashion as to degrade the human species through their membership in it.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'offering resistance'): from Old French repugnant or Latin repugnant- 'opposing', from the verb repugnare (see repugnance).

Words that rhyme with repugnant

oppugnant
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