Definition of disgust in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɡʌst/


[mass noun]
A feeling of revulsion or strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive: the sight filled her with disgust some of the audience walked out in disgust
More example sentences
  • 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.
revulsion, repugnance, aversion, distaste, abhorrence, loathing, detestation, odium, execration, horror;
informal yuck factor
archaic disrelish
rare repellence, repellency


[with object]
Cause (someone) to feel revulsion or strong disapproval: they were disgusted by the violence (as adjective disgusted) a disgusted look
More example sentences
  • 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.
revolt, repel, repulse, sicken, nauseate, cause to feel nauseous, make shudder, turn someone's stomach, make someone's gorge rise;
be repugnant to, be repulsive to, be distasteful to
informal turn off, make someone want to throw up
North American informal gross out
outrage, shock, horrify, appal, scandalize, offend, affront, dismay, displease, dissatisfy;
annoy, anger;
nauseate, sicken



Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɡʌstɪdli/
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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