Definition of disgust in English:
- The show fanatics behind kept clucking in disgust and making noises of disapproval.
- I left the cinema half an hour before the end of the film in disgust, anger and, quite frankly, boredom.
- I am writing in disgust over plans to demolish the Library and replace it with flats.
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- I'm absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of all the people concerned in this case.
- Your ladyship should know about my beliefs and frankly your behaviour disgusts me.
- I was disgusted, at such a serious moment and even horrific, how could he think of money.
- Example sentences
- ‘I always remember him smelling of drink,’ she adds disgustedly.
- ‘This is the richest country in the world and we have more problems than anyone,’ she says disgustedly.
- ‘I can't believe I actually agreed to go to this,’ she said disgustedly.
Late 16th century: from early modern French desgoust or Italian disgusto, from Latin dis- (expressing reversal) + gustus 'taste'.
gusto from early 17th century:
If you do something with gusto, you do it with real relish or enjoyment. The word is borrowed from Italian, and came from Latin gustus ‘taste’, source also of disgust (late 16th century). One of its early meanings was ‘a particular liking for something’, as in this line from William Wycherley's play Love in a Wood (1672): ‘Why should you force wine upon us? We are not all of your gusto.’ This sense eventually dropped out of use, with the ‘keen enjoyment’ sense becoming common from the beginning of the 19th century.
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