repulsive


re·pul·sive

adjective \-siv\

: causing strong dislike or disgust

physics : of or relating to the force that pushes something away from something else

Full Definition of REPULSIVE

1
:  serving or able to repulse <repulsive force>
2
:  tending to repel or reject :  cold, forbidding
3
:  arousing aversion or disgust <repulsive crimes>
re·pul·sive·ly adverb
re·pul·sive·ness noun

Examples of REPULSIVE

  1. Magnets have a repulsive effect on each other.
  2. <a repulsive display of shameless flattery that made the embarrassed actor wrinkle his nose in disgust>

First Known Use of REPULSIVE

1594

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