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repulse

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verb re·pulse \ri-ˈpəls\

Simple Definition of repulse

  • : 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

Full Definition of repulse

re·pulsedre·puls·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to drive or beat back :  repel

  3. 2 :  to repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial

  4. 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


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repulse

noun re·pulse

Definition of repulse

  1. 1 :  rebuff, rejection

  2. 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>



1533

First Known Use of repulse

1533



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