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to oppose or refute: repugn the candidate
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v. re·pugned, re·pugn·ing, re·pugns Archaic
1. To cause to feel repugnance; repulse: "Resisters of the draft in the past decade, morally repugned by an unjust war, went to jail or into exile" (Terry M. Perlin).
2. To oppose or repudiate.
To be in opposition or issue a repudiation.
[Middle English repugnen, from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnāre, to fight against : re-, re- + pugnāre, to fight with the fist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]
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archaic to oppose or conflict (with)
[C14: from Old French repugner, from Latin repugnāre to fight against, from re- + pugnāre to fight]
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repugn, repugnant - Repugn means "to strive against" or "be contradictory or inconsistent," giving us repugnant.
See also related terms for strive.
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Past participle: repugned
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|Verb||1.||repugn - to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"|
oppose - be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
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