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Webster 1913 Edition


Repugnant

Re-pug′nant

(-nant)
,
Adj.
[F.
répugnant
, 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 degree; offensive; – usually followed by to, rarely and less properly by with;
as, all rudeness was
repugnant
to her nature
.
[His sword]
repugnant
to command.
Shakespeare
There is no breach of a divine law but is more or less
repugnant
unto the will of the Lawgiver, God himself.
Perkins.
Syn. – Opposite; opposed; adverse; contrary; inconsistent; irreconcilable; hostile; inimical.

Webster 1828 Edition


Repugnant

REPUG'NANT

,
Adj.
[L. repugnans.]
1.
Opposite; contrary; inconsistent; properly followed by to. Every sin is repugnant to the will of God. Every thing morally wrong, is repugnant both to the honor, as well as to the interest of the offender.
2.
Disobedient; not obsequious. [Not in use.]

Definition 2021


repugnant

repugnant

See also: répugnant

English

Adjective

repugnant (comparative more repugnant, superlative most repugnant)

  1. Offensive or repulsive; arousing disgust or aversion.
  2. (law) Opposed or in conflict.

Usage notes

  • Nouns to which "repugnant" is often applied: act, nature, behavior, practice, character, thing, crime.

Related terms

Translations

External links

  • repugnant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • repugnant in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Latin

Verb

repugnant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of repugnō

Middle French

Etymology

From Old French repugnant.

Adjective

repugnant m (feminine singular repugnante, masculine plural repugnans, feminine plural repugnantes)

  1. repugnant; repulsive

Old French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin repugnans, repugnantem.

Adjective

repugnant m (oblique and nominative feminine singular repugnant or repugnante)

  1. contradictory
  2. opposing; adversary

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