What does disgust mean?

Definitions for disgustdɪsˈgʌst, dɪˈskʌst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disgust.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disgust(verb)

    strong feelings of dislike

  2. disgust, gross out, revolt, repel(verb)

    fill with distaste

    "This spoilt food disgusts me"

  3. disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken, churn up(verb)

    cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

    "The pornographic pictures sickened us"


  1. disgust(Noun)

    An intense dislike or loathing someone feels for something bad or nasty.

    With an air of disgust, she stormed out of the room.

  2. disgust(Verb)

    To cause an intense dislike for something.

    It disgusts me, to see her chew with her mouth open.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disgust(verb)

    to provoke disgust or strong distaste in; to cause (any one) loathing, as of the stomach; to excite aversion in; to offend the moral taste of; -- often with at, with, or by

  2. Disgust(verb)

    repugnance to what is offensive; aversion or displeasure produced by something loathsome; loathing; strong distaste; -- said primarily of the sickening opposition felt for anything which offends the physical organs of taste; now rather of the analogous repugnance excited by anything extremely unpleasant to the moral taste or higher sensibilities of our nature; as, an act of cruelty may excite disgust

  3. Origin: [OF. desgouster, F. dgoter; pref. des- (L. dis-) + gouster to taste, F. goter, fr. L. gustare, fr. gustus taste. See Gust to taste.]


  1. Disgust

    Disgust is a type of aversive reaction that involves withdrawing from a person or object with strong expressions of revulsion. It can also be defined as a revulsion response towards potential contamination. It is a universal, basic emotion that functions to help protect an organism from ingesting potentially harmful substances, thereby promoting disease avoidance. It is one of the basic emotions and is typically associated with things that are regarded as unclean, inedible, infectious, gory or otherwise offensive. In The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin wrote that disgust refers to something revolting. Disgust is experienced primarily in relation to the sense of taste, and secondarily to anything which causes a similar feeling by sense of smell, touch, or vision. Musically sensitive people may even be disgusted by the cacophony of inharmonious sounds. Research continually has proven a relationship between disgust and anxiety disorders such as spider phobia, blood-injection-injury phobia, and contamination fear related obsessive-compulsive disorder. Disgust is one of the basic emotions of Robert Plutchik's theory of emotions and has been studied extensively by Paul Rozin. It invokes a characteristic facial expression, one of Paul Ekman's six universal facial expressions of emotion. Unlike the emotions of fear, anger, and sadness, disgust is associated with a decrease in heart rate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disgust

    dis-gust′, n. loathing: strong dislike.—v.t. to excite disgust in: to offend the taste of: to displease.—adv. Disgust′edly.—adjs. Disgust′ing, Disgust′ful.—adv. Disgust′ingly.—ns. Disgust′ingness, Disgust′fulness. [O. Fr. desgousterdes (= L. dis), and gouster—L. gustāre, to taste.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disgust in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disgust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mats Olsson:

    Emotional disgust is there to keep us healthy.

  2. Luis Bunuel:

    Nothing would disgust me more, morally, than receiving an Oscar.

  3. Ovid:

    The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Aphorisms in Beyond Good and Evil:

    Disgust with dirt can be so great that it prevents us from cleaning ourselves - from "justifying" ourselves.

  5. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:

    Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust, if you can get through all the surgeries, there's disgust.

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