An example of revulsion how a person reacts to the smell of a skunk.
- Rare a withdrawal
- Archaic a sudden, complete, and violent change of feeling; abrupt, strong reaction in sentiment
- extreme disgust, shock, or repugnance; feeling of great loathing
Origin of revulsion; from French or L; French révulsion ; from Classical Latin revulsio ; from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to pluck away ; from re-, back + vellere, to pull ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to snatch, seize, injure from source Old English wol, pestilence, Old Norse valr, the slain on the battlefield
- A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
- Archaic A withdrawing or turning away from something.
- Medicine The reduction of superficial inflammation in an affected body part, as by topical agents, in order to decrease inflammation in adjacent structures.
Origin of revulsionLatin revulsi&omacron;, revulsi&omacron;n-, from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to tear back : re-, re- + vellere, to tear.
(usually uncountable, plural revulsions)