: serving or able to repulse <repulsive force>
: arousing aversion or disgust <repulsive crimes>
— re·pul·sive·ly adverb
— re·pul·sive·ness noun
Examples of REPULSIVE
- Magnets have a repulsive effect on each other.
- <a repulsive display of shameless flattery that made the embarrassed actor wrinkle his nose in disgust>
First Known Use of REPULSIVE
Related to REPULSIVE
- abhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, obscene, odious, rancid, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, offensive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly
- innocuous, inoffensive
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