aversion

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈvɜːrʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈvɝʒən, -ʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə vûrzhən, -shən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•ver•sion /əˈvɜrʒən, -ʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a strong feeling of dislike, disgust, or hatred toward something and a desire to avoid it: She has an aversion to snakes.
  2. a cause or object of such a feeling:Snakes are an aversion of hers.
See -vert-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•ver•sion  (ə vûrzhən, -shən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy (usually fol. by to):a strong aversion to snakes and spiders.
  2. a cause or object of dislike;
    person or thing that causes antipathy:His pet aversion is guests who are always late.
  3. [Obs.]the act of averting;
    a turning away or preventing.
  • Latin āversiōn- (stem of āversiō), equivalent. to āvers(us) turned away (see averse) + -iōn- -ion
  • 1590–1600
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distaste, abhorrence, disgust.
      Aversion, antipathy, loathing connote strong dislike or detestation.
      Aversion is an unreasoning desire to avoid that which displeases, annoys, or offends:an aversion to(or toward) cats. Antipathy is a distaste, dislike, or disgust toward something:an antipathy toward(or for) braggarts. Loathing connotes a combination of hatred and disgust, or detestation:a loathing for(or toward) hypocrisy, a criminal.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged predilection.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
aversion /əˈvɜːʃən/ n
  1. usually followed by to or for: extreme dislike or disinclination; repugnance
  2. a person or thing that arouses this: he is my pet aversion
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