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1. A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing.
2. Archaic A withdrawing or turning away from something.
3. Medicine The reduction of superficial inflammation in an affected body part, as by topical agents, in order to decrease inflammation in adjacent structures.

[Latin revulsiō, revulsiōn-, from revulsus, past participle of revellere, to tear back : re-, re- + vellere, to tear.]

re·vul′sive adj.


of or causing revulsion
(Medicine) med obsolete a counterirritant
reˈvulsively adv


a. revulsivo-a, rel. a la revulsión o que la causa.
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On Monday, Mayor Concepcion called the involvement of police officers in her father's murder as 'disgusting and revulsive.'
Trust me, having seen enough of the ugly side of inky Northern Ireland skies, burning tyres and police Land Rovers, for me and every person who witnessed the tragic violence unfold there over three decades, and stood as its fragile peace took root, the very thought of a coward with a gun is thoroughly revulsive.
Roland Barthes (2011), in his cult text, Camera Lucida, descripted this mad realism like this: "mad if this realism is absolute and, so to speak, original, obliging the loving and terrified consciousness to return to the very letter of Time: a strictly revulsive movement which reverses the course of the thing, and which I shall call, in conclusion, the photographic ecstasy" (p.
The newborn relationship, which culminates in his father's death, represents the revulsive that catalyzes Frank's new approach to his present--symbolized by the public performance of his male gender--and his past, represented by his father and the heritage he has bequeathed him.