adjective Etymology: Middle English, opposed, contradictory, incompatible, from Anglo-French, from Latin repugnant-, repugnans, present participle of repugnare to fight against, from re- + pugnare to fight — more at pungent Date: 15th century 1. incompatible, inconsistent 2. archaic hostile 3. exciting distaste or aversion <
repugnant language
a morally repugnant practice
repugnantly adverb

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  • répugnant — répugnant, ante [ repyɲɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XVIIe; 1213 « contraire, contradictoire »; de répugner 1 ♦ Qui inspire de la répugnance physique. Taudis d une saleté répugnante. ⇒ dégoûtant. « Mouillé par les baisers et les pleurs répugnants, il… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • repugnant — REPUGNÁNT, Ă, repugnanţi, te, adj. (livr.) Care inspiră repulsie, care provoacă silă; respingător. – Din fr. répugnant. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Repugnant ≠ ademenitor, seducător, tentant Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • repugnant — re·pug·nant /ri pəg nənt/ adj: characterized by contradiction and irreconcilability the arbitrator s decision was not repugnant to the Act M. A. Kelly Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • repugnant — 1 Repugnant, repellent, abhorrent, distasteful, obnoxious, invidious are comparable when they mean so alien or unlikable as to arouse antagonism and aversion. Repugnant is applied to something so incompatible with one s ideas, principles, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Repugnant — Re*pug nant ( nant), a. [F. r[ e]pugnant, or L. repugnans, antis, p. pr. of repugnare. See {Repugn}.] Disposed to fight against; hostile; at war with; being at variance; contrary; inconsistent; refractory; disobedient; also, distasteful in a high …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Repugnant — Repugnant …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • repugnant — [ri pug′nənt] adj. [ME < MFr < L repugnans: see REPUGNANCE] 1. contradictory; inconsistent [actions repugnant to his words] 2. offering resistance; opposed; antagonistic [repugnant forces] 3. causing repugnance; distasteful; offensive;… …   English World dictionary

  • répugnant — répugnant, ante (ré pu gnan, gnan t ) adj. 1°   Contraire, opposé. •   Choses qui sont répugnantes à la raison, DESC. Diopt. 4. 2°   Mal disposé. •   S ils s y trouvent répugnants [à aimer Dieu], s ils n y ont aucune pente, PASC. Syst. des philos …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • repugnant — late 14c., from L. repugnantem (nom. repugnans), prp. of repugnare to resist, from re back + pugnare to fight (see PUGNACIOUS (Cf. pugnacious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • repugnant — [adj] bad, obnoxious; hostile abhorrent, abominable, adverse, against, alien, antagonistic, antipathetic, averse, conflicting, contradictory, counter, creepy*, different, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, extraneous, extrinsic, foreign, foul …   New thesaurus

  • repugnant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely distasteful; unacceptable …   English terms dictionary

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