Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Disgust

· Sneering
· Flinching away, recoiling
· Bringing a hand up to cover one’s mouth
· Eyes that appear cold, dead, flat
· A feeling of nausea, a heaving stomach
· Demanding another to stop speaking or desist what they are doing
· Feeling dirty or soiled, just by be being in the presence of the one who causes the disgust
· Using a purse or jacket to create a shield between oneself and the person causing discomfort
· A desire to flee
· Avoiding touches, brushes, stepping back to stay beyond the other person’s reach
· Shunning, evasive answers
· A curling lip
· A pale cast to one’s face, a pallor over the features
· Excessive saliva, having to swallow
· A choking or uncomfortable swallow
· Curling away from another if lying prone
· Turning away, spinning on a heel…

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If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.


Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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10 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Disgust

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. Donna says:

    Here’s some Karma for you lovely ladies! Tag! You’re it! Check my blog for more info. Ha!

  3. WordWrangler says:

    FAntabulous!!! Keep it up!

  4. Becca says:

    Thank Laurie for us for sending you over, Kimber An :).

  5. Bish Denham says:

    The Emotional Thesaurus continues to rock. Great stuff.

  6. Angela says:

    LOL, I know what you mean, Kimber an. I love the dancing pic of you in the red dress, btw!

  7. Kimber An says:

    Laurie sent me over here and I’m so glad! Descriptions are one of my worst weaknesses as an author. It’s like I can see it in full color in my head, why can’t you? (cue rolling of eyes here)

  8. Mary Witzl says:

    I love the one about using a purse or a jacket to create a shield between oneself and the offender. I did this with a bunched-up sweater. (Or rather, my protaganist did…)

    How about that little clicking noise some people make — a sort of tsssk — uttered with one lip drawn up? And yes, spitting on the ground is body language at its finest and really says it all!

  9. Angela says:

    Well, we didn’t know if we wanted to go there…but that’s what the comments are for–so you guys can!

  10. Luc2 says:

    What, you didn’t add puking?

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