v. re·pugned, re·pugn·ing, re·pugns
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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