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Her behavior is shocking and repugnant.
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  • Her behavior is shocking and repugnant.
  • She does not further her cause with such irresponsible, insulting, and repugnant language.
  • She thought of many of their customs as morally repugnant.
  • And to forgive the repugnance he’d felt about the female initiation ceremony.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • It wrinkled, as though he found the scent repugnant.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It was a feeling deeply involved in a bad conscience, and although a logical part of my mind reasoned that I must not blame myself for cosmic events which had dealt with —me in one way and with Jozef in another, I could not help but view my own recent career with repugnance.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • How we giggled, with repugnance and delight, when we found the wax her older sisters used on their legs, congealed in a little pot, stuck full of bristles.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I find the buying and selling of children most repugnant.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • I found her very presence, beautiful as she was, repugnant.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • No, the repugnant truth was this: She didn’t care about the food.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • Yet in this very repugnance to all his circumstances Pierre found a kind of tantalizing satisfaction.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But the first was repugnant to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • And in the same passage he marked, The repugnance to animal food is not the effect of experience, but is an instinct.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • My life had hitherto been remarkably secluded and domestic, and this had given me invincible repugnance to new countenances.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The simplest solution was just to kill the dragon, but the idea was repugnant, and he rejected it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There were eight thousand dollars to gain, without changing his route; for which it was well worth conquering the repugnance he had for all kinds of passengers.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Even if I couldn’t do without it, it was sufficiently repugnant to me that I wouldn’t do it anymore.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Kohler felt repugnance for them.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She seems somehow more reconciled, or else the very subject seems to have become repugnant to her, for when any accidental allusion is made she actually shudders.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Mercedes looked at them imploringly, untold repugnance at sight of pain written in her pretty face.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I felt some repugnance at thus paining the animal, but it was a case of necessity, and I could not hesitate.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The sisters had at first only received and nursed "that woman" with repugnance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It’s lazy, repugnant, and indicative of an inferior mind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Overcoming the repugnance natural to one who had never before touched a dead body, I stooped and turned him over to feel for his heart.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The abhorrence in which I held the man, the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Then I saw the horror and repugnance of his face, and all of a sudden I let him go.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But there were other causes of repugnance; causes which, though still existing, and existing to an equal degree in both instances, I had myself endeavoured to forget, because they were not immediately before me.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The doors of the two bedrooms faced each other across the narrow upper landing, and to-night it was peculiarly repugnant to him that Mattie should see him follow Zeena.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Be it said, that though I had felt such a strong repugnance to his smoking in the bed the night before, yet see how elastic our stiff prejudices grow when love once comes to bend them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The idea of having the Seeker inside me, even though I knew that I would not be here, was so repugnant that I felt a return of last week’s nausea.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Yet he could not overcome his sense of repugnance.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance, rather of a leap of welcome.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Overcoming a strong repugnance, I tore open his shirt at the neck, and there, sure enough, hanging to a bit of tarry string, which I cut with his own gully, we found the key.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Here is a stagnation that is repugnant.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • And being a Musketeer but for a time, I only fight when I am forced to do so, and always with great repugnance; but this time the affair is serious, for here is a lady compromised by you.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He must be gone within a few hours, though without feeling any real alarm for his aunt, to lessen his repugnance.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Did you have no womanly repugnance, no delicate shrinking from marrying not just one man but two for whom you had no love or even affection?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The repugnance to animal food is not the effect of experience, but is an instinct.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I could see her hesitate, her caution and repugnance struggling against instincts of common decency.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Satisfied that nothing would happen he went in and breakfasted with the other Fathers on substitute coffee and ration bread, which, under the circumstances, was especially repugnant to him.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • His talents were of the very first order, although his mind showed a preference always for the ideal and the aesthetic, and there was about him that repugnance to the actual business of life which is the common result of this balance of the faculties.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Their sense of his usefulness would have counteracted any repugnance or suspicion which was not confirmed by a deficiency in the quality or the tale of the cloth he wove for them.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Doc Daneeka yelped and ran out of the medical tent to remonstrate with Sergeant Towser, who edged away from him with repugnance and advised Doc Daneeka to remain out of sight as much as possible until some decision could be reached relating to the disposition of his remains.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The only halfway decent outfit she owned, the only one that Susan might not find repugnant if she’d simply stopped by on her way to a movie, was the outfit she wore to the aquarium, the one that made her look like an Raster egg.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • She stood apart from mortal interests, yet close beside them, like a ghost that revisits the familiar fireside, and can no longer make itself seen or felt; no more smile with the household joy, nor mourn with the kindred sorrow; or, should it succeed in manifesting its forbidden sympathy, awakening only terror and horrible repugnance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • After a moment balanced between pity and repugnance she agreed, and full of morning energy, bounced upstairs beside Abe.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It is true that it appears to be repugnant to you; and it is very natural, for you bourgeois are not accustomed to it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She came at once, without repugnance, and they kneeled together beside the body, stripping it of the vital pieces.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
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