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repulse

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verb re·pulse \ri-ˈpəls\

Definition of repulse

repulsed

repulsing

  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 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.

Origin and Etymology of repulse

Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel


First Known Use: 15th century


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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 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>

1533

First Known Use of repulse

1533


REPULSE Defined for English Language Learners

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repulse

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verb re·pulse \ri-ˈpəls\

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

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verb re·pulse \ri-ˈpəls\

Definition of repulse for Students

repulsed

repulsing

  1. 1 :  to drive or beat back :  repel <The army repulsed their enemy.>

  2. 2 :  to reject in a rude or unfriendly way :  snub <He repulsed attempts to help him.>

  3. 3 :  to cause dislike or disgust in <The moldy bread repulsed me.>


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repulse

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noun re·pulse

Definition of repulse for Students

  1. 1 :  2rebuff, snub

  2. 2 :  the action of driving back an attacker



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