Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Disgust

When it comes to emotion, sometimes we need a brainstorming nudge. After all, each character will express their feelings differently depending on their personality, emotional range, and comfort zone. We hope this short, sample list of expressions will help you better imagine how your character might show this emotion!

If you need to go deeper, we have detailed lists of body language, visceral sensations, and mental responses for 75 emotions in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.


· 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…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions, you aren’t alone. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression has helped writers all over the globe, and it can help you. To find out more about this bestselling book, please visit our bookstore.

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The Emotion Thesaurus is also at our sister site, One Stop for Writers. There, we’ve expanded the entries to include many more emotions such as grief, lust, and self-loathing. Visit the Emotion Thesaurus Page to view our complete list of entries.

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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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11 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Disgust

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  3. Donna says:

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

  4. WordWrangler says:

    FAntabulous!!! Keep it up!

  5. Becca says:

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

  6. Bish Denham says:

    The Emotional Thesaurus continues to rock. Great stuff.

  7. Angela says:

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

  8. 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)

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Luc2 says:

    What, you didn’t add puking?

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