disgustful

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

disgust +‎ -ful

Adjective[edit]

disgustful (comparative more disgustful, superlative most disgustful)

  1. (archaic) disgusting, vile.
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Oxford University Press, 2006, A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms, Chapter VI, p. 236,
      Or else from the same Store-house, with some other poysonous Additions, they command us to take in at the Orifice above or below, (just as the Physician then happens to be disposed) a Medicine equally annoying and disgustful to the Bowels; which relaxing the Belly, drives down all before it: And this they call a Purge, or a Clyster.
    • 1742, Henry Fielding, chapter XVII, in Joseph Andrews[1]:
      It was a monosyllable beginning with a b—, and indeed was the same as if she had pronounced the words, she-dog. Which term we shall, to avoid offence, use on this occasion, though indeed both the mistress and maid uttered the above-mentioned b—, a word extremely disgustful to females of the lower sort.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 32:
      Let me therefore beseech you, sir, to become an advocate for your niece, that she may not be made a victim to a man so highly disgustful to her.
  2. Full of disgust.
    • 1838, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Alice, or The Mysteries, Paris: Beaudry's European Library, Chapter 14, p. 65, [2]
      With a melancholy, disappointed, and disgustful mind, he had quitted the land of his birth; and new scenes, strange and wild, had risen before his wandering gaze.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 13, [3]
      In his disgustful recoil from an overture which tho' he but ill comprehended he instinctively knew must involve evil of some sort, Billy Budd was like a young horse fresh from the pasture suddenly inhaling a vile whiff from some chemical factory, and by repeated snortings tries to get it out of his nostrils and lungs.