Definition of revulsion in English:


Line breaks: re|vul¦sion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌlʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2 Medicine , chiefly • historical The drawing of disease or blood congestion from one part of the body to another, e.g. by counterirritation.
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    • From observing the extraordinary cures effected by the aid of revulsion medical men have been borne away too much by an attachment to this mode of treatment.



adjective & noun
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  • Last week he explained that ‘by promoting the WTO's agenda, these 142 nations can counter the revulsive destructionism of terrorism.’
  • If nothing else, give him credit for knowing how turn a perfectly nice blues-rock dance party into revulsive sex-drug splooge.
  • The intrusion of spoken words and emotion into the supreme place of privacy - the sanctuary of the mind - is deemed wholly revulsive to them.


mid 16th century (in sense 2): from French, or from Latin revulsio(n-), from revuls- 'torn out', from the verb revellere (from re- 'back' + vellere 'pull'). sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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