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repulse

verb re·pulse \ ri-ˈpəls \

Definition of repulse

repulsed; repulsing
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of repulse

Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel


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repulse

noun

Definition of repulse

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

Examples of repulse in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of repulse

15th century


REPULSE Defined for English Language Learners

repulse

verb

Definition of repulse for English Language Learners

  • : 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


REPULSE Defined for Kids

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repulse

verb re·pulse \ ri-ˈpəls \

Definition of repulse for Students

repulsed; repulsing
1 :to drive or beat back :repel
  • The army repulsed their enemy.
2 :to reject in a rude or unfriendly way :snub
  • He repulsed attempts to help him.
3 :to cause dislike or disgust in The moldy bread repulsed me.

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repulse

noun

Definition of repulse for Students

2 :the action of driving back an attacker


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