What does aversion mean?

aversion meaning in General Dictionary

A turning away

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  • a sense of intense dislike
  • the act of turning yourself (or your look) away
  • A turning away.
  • resistance or repugnance of brain; fixed dislike; antipathy; disinclination; reluctance.
  • the thing of dislike or repugnance.

aversion meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"a turning away from," 1590s; figurative feeling of "mental mindset of repugnance" is from 1650s, from center French aversion and straight from Latin aversionem (nominative aversio), noun of action from previous participle stem of aversus "turned away, backwards, behind, dangerous," it self past participle of avertere (see avert). Earlier when you look at the literal feeling of "a turning away from" (1590s). Aversion treatment in psychology is from 1950.

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aversion meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A turning away.

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  • (n.) resistance or repugnance of mind; fixed dislike; antipathy; disinclination; reluctance.
  • (letter.) The item of dislike or repugnance.

Sentence Examples with the word aversion

When the first storm of opposition from smaller men had begun to die down, thinkers of real weight, beginning with Cumberland and Cudworth, were moved by their aversion to his analysis of the moral nature of man to probe anew the question of the natural springs and the rational grounds of human action; and thus it may be said that Hobbes gave the first impulse to the whole of that movement of ethical speculation that, in modern times, has been carried on with such remarkable continuity in England.

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