- a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike: Cruelty fills me with revulsion.
- a sudden and violent change of feeling or response in sentiment, taste, etc.
- the act of drawing something back or away.
- the fact of being so drawn.
- Medicine/Medical. the diminution of morbid action in one part of the body by irritation in another.
- a sudden and unpleasant violent reaction in feeling, esp one of extreme loathing
- the act or an instance of drawing back or recoiling from something
- obsolete the diversion of disease or congestion from one part of the body to another by cupping, counterirritants, etc
1540s, as a medical term, from Middle French revulsion (16c.) or directly from Latin revulsionem (nominative revulsio) “a tearing off, act of pulling away,” noun of action from past participle stem of revellere “to pull away,” from re- “away” (see re-) + vellere “to tear, pull,” from PIE *wel- “to tear, pull.” The meaning “sudden reaction of disgust” is first attested 1816.
- A sudden, strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
- Counterirritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to an affected area.