Synonyms and Antonyms of repel
1 to drive back <the defenders repelled the attacking army after several hours of fierce fighting> Synonyms beat off, fend (off), rebut, repulse, stave off, turn away, turn back Related Words defy, fight, hold off, oppose, resist, stand off, withstand; deflect, ward (off); rebuff, snub, spurn Near Antonyms embrace, hail, welcome
2 to cause to feel disgust <the idea of chocolate-covered grasshoppers repels me> Synonyms gross out, nauseate, put off, disgust, repulse, revolt, sicken, turn offRelated Words displease, distress; appall (also appal), disquiet, horrify; affront, insult, offend, outrage, shockNear Antonyms allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, disarm, draw, enchant, entice, fascinate, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please, rejoice, tickle; enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue
3 to refuse to give in to <repelled the temptation to stay out late and call in sick the next day> Synonyms buck, defy, fight, oppose, resist, withstandRelated Words battle, combat, contend (with); challenge, contest, contradict, dispute; baffle, balk, foil, frustrate, thwart; check, counter, hinder, obstruct, stemAntonyms bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), knuckle under (to), stoop (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)
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