Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: re·vul·sion
Pronunciation: /rəˈvəlSH(ə)n

Definition of revulsion in English:


1A sense of disgust and loathing: news of the attack will be met with sorrow and revulsion
More example sentences
  • Now defendants in criminal cases often are charged with offences which would fill ordinary people with horror, disgust and revulsion.
  • If labelling is to be effective, it is important that embarrassment, revulsion and even disgust be generated in the public mind.
  • Gripped by a sense of revulsion at the ongoing murder campaign, several thousand heeded his call and took to the street outside City Hall.
2 Medicine , chiefly historical The drawing of disease or blood congestion from one part of the body to another, e.g., by counterirritation.
Example sentences
  • 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.


mid 16th century (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.

Definition of revulsion in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day interfuse
Pronunciation: ˌin(t)ərˈfyo͞oz
join or mix (two or more things) together