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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
taste horrible/awful/disgusting/foul
▪ The tea tasted horrible.
▪ As the long silence lengthened between them Laura desperately tried to find some adequate words to express her disgust at his actions.
▪ The by-election provided a timely opportunity for even the least politically-minded people to express their disgust at the Munich settlement.
▪ She shook her head in disgust.
▪ Mrs Arkaday came to the screen door and shook her head in disgust at Howard.
▪ He shook his head in disgust at his own overwrought imagination.
▪ Golota looked fine after the fight as he stood in his corner, shaking his head in disgust.
Disgust at cruel sports has come to be a common feature of British life.
▪ Martia gave him a look of disgust, and walked away.
▪ She held the glass away from her in disgust. "What's this awful stuff you've given me to drink?''
▪ Bernard in a state of disgust, left the proceedings early and went up to bed.
▪ But the Communist ministers, who were carefully kept from exercising real influence, soon quit in disgust.
▪ Firebug went back to his corner, exhaling with disgust and looking out his window.
▪ He sensed her disgust and hatred stinking in the air.
▪ Houellebecq's disgust and horror is not feigned.
▪ I made no secret of my disgust at the way people were behaving.
▪ I pick one up to examine it - then drop it in disgust.
▪ With resigned disgust, Alice lay back, submerging herself in the only softness available at that time-the pillow.
▪ "Get out," she said. "You disgust me!"
▪ His habit of sniffing loudly really disgusted her.
▪ Many parents said they were disgusted by the amount of violence contained in "children's shows."
▪ The heat, the noise, the smell of the other passengers; everything about the subway disgusted him.
▪ But I was too disgusted to want to protest.
▪ I was disgusted by the whole idea of class and thought I could abolish it by pretending it didn't exist.
▪ I was so disgusted I almost dropped him.
▪ If there's one thing that disgusts me it's cold porridge.
▪ Indeed, I was disgusted by the sight of his blanched legs, skinny, with blue knots of varicose veins.
▪ That is why it disgusts me to see the nobility of grief caricatured in this way.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Disgust \Dis*gust"\, n. [Cf. OF. desgoust, F. d['e]go[^u]t. See Disgust, v. t.] 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.

The manner of doing is more consequence than the thing done, and upon that depends the satisfaction or disgust wherewith it is received.

In a vulgar hack writer such oddities would have excited only disgust.

Syn: Nausea; loathing; aversion; distaste; dislike; disinclination; abomination. See Dislike.


Disgust \Dis*gust"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disgusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Disgusting.] [OF. desgouster, F. d['e]go[^u]ter; pref. des- (L. dis-) + gouster to taste, F. go[^u]ter, fr. L. gustare, fr. gustus taste. See Gust to taste.] 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.

To disgust him with the world and its vanities.

[AE]rius is expressly declared . . . to have been disgusted at failing.
--J. H. Newman.

Alarmed and disgusted by the proceedings of the convention.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from Middle French desgoust "strong dislike, repugnance," literally "distaste" (16c., Modern French dégoût), from desgouster "have a distaste for," from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + gouster "taste," from Latin gustare "to taste" (see gusto).


c.1600, from Middle French desgouster "have a distaste for" (see disgust (n.)). Sense has strengthened over time, and subject and object have been reversed; the older use looks like this: "It is not very palatable, which makes some disgust it" (1660s). The reverse sense of "to excite nausea" is attested from 1640s. Related: Disgusted; disgusting.


n. An intense dislike or loathing someone feels for something bad or nasty. vb. To cause an intense dislike for something.

  1. n. strong feelings of dislike

  2. v. fill with distaste; "This spoilt food disgusts me" [syn: gross out, revolt, repel]

  3. cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of; "The pornographic pictures sickened us" [syn: revolt, nauseate, sicken, churn up]


Disgust is an emotional response of revulsion to something considered offensive, distasteful, or unpleasant. In The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin wrote that disgust is a sensation that refers to something revolting. Disgust is experienced primarily in relation to the sense of taste (either perceived or imagined), 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 arachnophobia, blood-injection-injury type phobias, and contamination fear related obsessive–compulsive disorder (also known as OCD).

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.

Usage examples of "disgust".

The servant answered that the mistress wished to maintain equality between the boys, and I had to submit, much to my disgust.

Disgusted at the idea of having such a fellow for my bed companion, I refused to let him come, but he answered, with fearful blasphemies, that all the devils in hell could not prevent him from taking possession of his own bed.

Buck stole a glance at Chaim, who merely squinted at Antichrist in the distance, his face a mix of sadness and disgust.

For an instant, Asherah disgusted herself by throwing up her arms, as if they could protect her foolish skull from any chunks of rock that might shake loose from the ceiling.

She pulled off her torn blouse looking at it with disgust, it along with the rest of her garments were thrown into a tangled heap upon the Aubusson rug beside her bed.

Apparently the sulfur bacteria had overgrown the backflow sludge, and coupled with the fungal contamination from the downstream scrubbers created a disgusting mix of smells.

When she had first started studying the Middle Ages, she had been unable to understand how the contemps had tolerated the disgusting things in their barns, let alone their houses.

Utterly despondent and disgusted he tottered into the barroom and gulped down a drink of straight whiskey.

So once again, she was back at Beaux Reves, edgy, dissatisfied, and secretly disgusted with herself.

Eadyth snorted with disgust at his continual reference to the marriage bed, but then she gasped with delight when she opened the package and saw the priceless beekeeping book Eirik had mentioned earlier.

And he would have, because Boran would disgust the Court with his horrible face!

Into the Brocken upon May-day night, And then to isolate oneself in scorn, Disgusted with the humours of the time.

Gwilna dropped to her knees in front of Cera, who looked down at her with disgust.

Ard had turned in his chair to watch Coelin, and Jenna could see something akin to disgust, or maybe it was simply irritation, flicker across his face.

I turned away with disgust, and walked slowly towards the town and bay of Port Praya, reflecting as I went along what pleasant ideas the poor creatures must entertain of religion, when the name of God and of the cowskin were invariably associated in their minds.