Definition of revolting adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvəʊltɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊltɪŋ//
Taste of food
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extremely unpleasant synonym disgusting a revolting smell a revolting little man Synonymsdisgustingfoul revolting repulsive offensive grossThese words all describe something, especially a smell, taste or habit, that is extremely unpleasant and often makes you feel slightly ill.disgusting extremely unpleasant and making you feel slightly ill:What a disgusting smell!foul dirty, and tasting or smelling bad:She could smell his foul breath.revolting extremely unpleasant and making you feel slightly ill:The stew looked revolting.disgusting or revolting?Both of these words are used to describe things that smell and taste unpleasant, unpleasant personal habits and people who have them. There is no real difference in meaning, but disgusting is more frequent, especially in spoken English.repulsive (rather formal) extremely unpleasant in a way that offends you or makes you feel slightly ill. Repulsive usually describes people, their behaviour or habits, which you may find offensive for physical or moral reasons.offensive (formal) (especially of smells) extremely unpleasant.gross (informal) (of a smell, taste or personal habit) extremely unpleasant.Patterns disgusting/​repulsive/​offensive to somebody to find somebody/​something disgusting/​revolting/​repulsive/​offensive to smell/​taste disgusting/​foul/​gross a(n) disgusting/​foul/​revolting/​offensive/​gross smell a disgusting/​revolting/​gross habit disgusting/​offensive/​gross behaviour a disgusting/​revolting/​repulsive man/​woman/​person See related entries: Taste of foodExtra examples It just stinks. It’s really revolting. The smell of it was quite revolting. He’s an absolutely revolting man. The stew looked revolting.
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