pung-, punc-, punct-

(Latin: pungere, punctum to strike, to hit, to punch, to pierce, to puncture, to point, to sting, to bite; a dot, a mark; a point, a sharp point, a pinpoint)

These vocabulary roots have developed a confusing family of words which, on the surface, do not seem to be related; however, the entries in this unit really are derived from the roots and the meanings that appear in the headings of this unit.

repugnance (s) (noun), repugnances (pl)
1. A very strong feeling of dislike or disgust about something or someone: "They felt nothing but repugnance for the terror group's violent history."
2. An extreme aversion to something or someone.
3. Strong distaste, aversion, or objection; antipathy.
repugnancy (s) (noun), repugnancies (pl)
Opposition; contrariety; especially, a strong instinctive antagonism, aversion, and reluctance about someone or something: The repugnancy of the odor of that squid definitely keeps Mark from wanting to eat it!
repugnant (adjective), more repugnant, most repugnant
1. A reference to something that is offensive and completely unacceptable: The idea of wearing a swimsuit to a formal dinner is an example of repugnant social conduct.
2. Descriptive of something that is very disturbing and can make people feel physically repelled or disgusted: Because the changing room at the gym hadn't been aired out and six P.E. periods had taken place that day, the room had quite a repugnant odor!
3. Relating to being offensive or repulsive by having morally bad actions: Rebecca displayed total repugnant behavior by encouraging other students to drink alcoholic beverages before school in the morning.
4. Etymology: from Latin repugnantem, repugnans and repugnare, "to fight back, to resist"; from re-, "back" + pugnare, "to fight".
Relating to something that is repulsive, distasteful, or offensive.
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Referring to something that is offensive to the taste.
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repugnantly (adverb), more repugnantly, most repugnantly
Characteristic of someone being opposed to someone or something about a person's nature or character.
repugnate (verb), repugnates; repugnated; repugnating
To resist or to stand firmly against someone or something.
vasopuncture (s) (noun), vasopunctures (pl)
The act of piercing or penetrating a vessel in a body with a needle.
viewpoint (s) (noun), viewpoints (pl)
1. A position from which something is observed or considered.
2. A personal perspective from which a person considers something.
3. A place, spot, or geographical position from which people can look at something and which allows a particular range of sight.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "sour, sharp": acerb-; aceto-; acid-; acies- (not "sour"); acuto- (not "sour"); oxy-.