repulse


1re·pulse

verb \ri-ˈpəls\

: to force (someone) to stop attacking you

: to cause dislike or disgust in (someone)

: to reject (someone or something) in a rude or unfriendly way

re·pulsedre·puls·ing

Full Definition of REPULSE

transitive verb
1
:  to drive or beat back :  repel
2
:  to repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial
3
:  to cause repulsion in

Examples of REPULSE

  1. The troops repulsed the attack.
  2. I was repulsed by the movie's violence.
  3. The moldy bread repulsed him.
  4. He repulsed all attempts to help him.

Origin of REPULSE

Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with REPULSE

2repulse

noun

Definition of REPULSE

2
:  the action of repelling an attacker :  the fact of being repelled

Examples of REPULSE

  1. <the waiter's incredibly rude repulse of our polite request for a better table—one that wasn't right next to the kitchen—prompted us to walk out>

First Known Use of REPULSE

1533

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