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I am swamped by the words" dislike, loathe, disdain, detest, averse". There are so many words expressing "dislike". Are they synonyms? Are there any more words that carry the similar meaning? I appreciate your helping me to differentiate the words.
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Hi guest,

they are not really synonyms, as they signify different degrees of dislike:

From Webster

http://www.m-w.com /

Loathe
dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance

disdain
to look on with scorn
to refuse or abstain from because of disdain
to treat as beneath one's notice or dignity

Disdain
to feel intense and often violent antipathy toward

Averse (adjective)
having an active feeling of repugnance or distaste

Synonyms from hyperdictionary


Syn: Distaste; disinclination; disapprobation; disfavor;
disaffection; displeasure; disrelish; aversion;
reluctance; repugnance; disgust; antipathy. --
{Dislike}, {Aversion}, {Reluctance}, {Repugnance},
{Disgust}, {Antipathy}. Dislike is the more general
term, applicable to both persons and things and arising
either from feeling or judgment. It may mean little more
than want of positive liking; but antipathy, repugnance,
disgust, and aversion are more intense phases of
dislike. Aversion denotes a fixed and habitual dislike;
as, an aversion to or for business. Reluctance and
repugnance denote a mental strife or hostility something
proposed (repugnance being the stronger); as, a
reluctance to make the necessary sacrifices, and a
repugnance to the submission required. Disgust is
repugnance either of taste or moral feeling; as, a
disgust at gross exhibitions of selfishness. Antipathy
is primarily an instinctive feeling of dislike of a
thing, such as most persons feel for a snake. When used
figuratively, it denotes a correspondent dislike for
certain persons, modes of acting, etc. Men have an
aversion to what breaks in upon their habits; a
reluctance and repugnance to what crosses their will; a
disgust at what offends their sensibilities; and are
often governed by antipathies for which they can give no
good reason.
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Thank you Abbie for the sources. Now I understand better these words. From the definitions, I can't thoroughly sense the subtle differences, I was wondering if any of you could post a few example sentences or give sources of examples. Thank you very much.
I'll give you a few to strat you off, but go to this dictionary:

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Look up the definition you need, and you will find an example sentence.
Dislike is the more general term, applicable to both persons and things and arising
either from feeling or judgment. It may mean little more than want of positive liking;


"I dislike getting up early in the morning"

"She told me she was disinclined to go to town today, she had other things to do"

"The decision to place a nuclear recycling plant in the middle of the city received widespread disapprobation"
antipathy, repugnance,
disgust, and aversion are more intense phases of
dislike.


"He felt a deep antipathy to people who were cruel to animals"

"She found slugs totally repugnant/ disgusting, and was physically ill whenever she saw one"