Meaning of DISGUST in English


I. də̇sˈgəst, də̇ˈskə- sometimes də̇zˈgə- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French desgoust, from desgouster


a. : marked aversion or repugnance toward food or toward a particular dish or kind of food : nausea , squeamishness

from that day to this he hever smelled cooking beans without disgust

b. : physical or emotional reaction comparable to nausea that is excited by exposure to something highly distasteful or loathsome

their cruelty excited our disgust

impossible to see such wounds without disgust

2. archaic

a. : a state or outbreak of mutual ill feeling or annoyance : quarrel , disagreement

b. : something that offends : a source of displeasure or repugnance : vexation , trial , annoyance

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle French desgouster, from des- dis- (I) + goust taste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to experience intense dislike for


a. : to excite queasiness or strong physical distaste in : sicken the stomach of : nauseate

b. : to provoke (one) to loathing, repugnance, or aversion : be offensive to the taste or sensibilities of

your thoughtlessness disgusts me

disgusted with her careless work

he was disgusted at her answer

everyone is disgusted by their behavior

3. : to cause or arouse effective aversion in : cause (one) to lose an interest or intention through exciting distaste

his failure disgusted him against further efforts

intransitive verb

: to cause disgust

too rich food soon disgusts


disgust , sicken , and nauseate agree in meaning to arouse extreme distaste in (a person). disgust implies extremely offended sensibilities or a strong repugnance or aversion

disgusted at what she thought of as the vulgarity of the men — Sherwood Anderson

the majority of women that he meets offend him, repel him, disgust him — H.L.Mencken

they were not disgusted at the torture of slaves — W.R.Inge

sicken suggests a disgust so strong that one is affected physically, as by a turning of the stomach

the national propaganda of all the belligerent nations sickened me — Bertrand Russell

his unctuous morality, which sickens later ages — Roy Lewis & Angus Maude

nauseate is stronger still, suggesting a loathsomeness that provokes vomiting

in letter after letter, she rinsed herself in the dirty tub-water of her miseries. It … nauseated one erstwhile friend — Time

nauseated by a manifestly hypocritical saintliness

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.