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Borrowed from Middle French desgouster, from Old French desgouster (to put off one's appetite), from des- (dis-) + gouster, goster (to taste), from Latin gustus (a tasting).


  • enPR: dĭs-kŭst'
  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈɡʌst/, /dɪsˈkʌst/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌst
  • Hyphenation: dis‧gust
  • Homophone: discussed


disgust (third-person singular simple present disgusts, present participle disgusting, simple past and past participle disgusted)

  1. To cause an intense dislike for something.
    It disgusts me to see her chew with her mouth open.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: [], London: Printed [by R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] [], published 1602, OCLC 316392309, Act III, scene iv:
      Tuc[ca]. [] Can thy Author doe it impudently enough? / Hiſt[rio]. O, I warrant you, Captaine: and ſpitefully inough too; he ha's one of the moſt ouerflowing villanous wits, in Rome. He will ſlander any man that breathes; If he diſguſt him. / Tucca. I'le know the poor, egregious, nitty Raſcall; and he haue ſuch commendable Qualities, I'le cheriſh him: []
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
      It is impossible to convey, in words, any idea of the hideous phantasmagoria of shifting limbs and faces which moved through the evil-smelling twilight of this terrible prison-house. Callot might have drawn it, Dante might have suggested it, but a minute attempt to describe its horrors would but disgust.


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disgust (uncountable)

  1. An intense dislike or loathing someone feels for something bad or nasty.
    With an air of disgust, she stormed out of the room.


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