n.1.A turning from with dislike; aversion.
Some men have a natural aversation to some vices or virtues, and a natural affection to others.
- Jer. Taylor.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
For it is most true, that a natural and secret hatred, and aversation towards society, in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast; but it is most untrue, that it should have any character at all, of the divine nature; except it proceed, not out of a pleasure in solitude, but out of a love and desire to sequester a man's self, for a higher conversation: such as is found to have been falsely and feignedly in some of the heathen; as Epimenides the Candian, Numa the Roman, Empedocles the Sicilian, and Apollonius of Tyana; and truly and really, in divers of the ancient hermits and holy fathers of the church.
If this aversation had its origin in contempt and resistance like his own he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs.
And on the contrary, these that follow are against (e) this Law of Nature, self distruction, exposing a Mans self (f) to needless danger, (g) denying a Mans self the covenient Suppleys and Suports of his (h) natural life; Idlenes & neglect of due industry, for the provisions i of the necessarys of life: aversation (14) from peace, and those necessary conducibles thereunto and diverse others;