Adjective "repugnant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely distasteful; unacceptable.
  1. 'But what's meaningful to one may be repugnant to another.'
  2. 'But as crazy and repugnant as Bukowski's antics could be, Dullaghan devotes more energy to celebrating his work, successfully making the case for him as a major American writer.'
  3. 'Nothing vile or repugnant happens here, but we do get the feeling that we are witnessing someone's last moments on film as this mangled mess of a movie unravels.'
  4. 'Also repugnant to Moses was the Egyptian ideology that chose to enslave live men in order to build temples and pyramids to honor dead men.'
  5. 'Initially, Anna is shocked again by Gregor's repugnant appearance.'
  6. 'In his view, that meant accepting the inevitability of some 6 million men and women (today it would be more) failing to find work, a situation that he found morally repugnant.'
  7. 'The whole idea of anyone acting as judge, jury and executioner is totally repugnant to a civilized society.'
  8. 'Using terrorism as an excuse to pull information that should be public is detrimental to a democratic society and repugnant to online professionals.'
  9. 'The film treats him as a complicated character, both repugnant (in a grueling scene he confesses his problem to his own young son) and pathetic, but not particularly gay, even in code.'
  10. 'The thought of having to take the life of another person was repugnant to her, but she acknowledged that if they hadn't acted, they would have been the ones dragged off the side of the road and left for scavengers.'
In conflict or incompatible with.
  1. 'What's repugnant to justice is the attitude that some people should be denied it, no matter what is done to them.'


1. distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell.

2. making opposition; averse.

3. opposed or contrary, as in nature or character.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be repugnant to communities."

"tactics can be repugnant to americans."

"arguments can be repugnant to principles."

"uses can be repugnant to members."

"restrictions can be repugnant to natures."

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