repulse

verb
re·​pulse | \ ri-ˈpəls How to pronounce repulse (audio) \
repulsed; repulsing

Definition of repulse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive or beat back : repel
2 : to repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial
3 : to cause repulsion in

repulse

noun

Definition of repulse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for repulse

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of repulse in a Sentence

Verb The troops repulsed the attack. I was repulsed by the movie's violence. The moldy bread repulsed him. He repulsed all attempts to help him. Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starting in the brutal Middle Ages as a fortress to repulse attacks by the rival Orsini family, the palace grew slowly. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019 When someone who once smelled like home suddenly repulses you with his lack of a feces scent? Cirocco Dunlap, The New Yorker, "The Metamorphosis: Millennial Edition," 9 Sep. 2019 This was the pattern all the day long: skirmishes, gassings, and grenadings, the Gilets repulsed at one spot only to rally again and attack at another. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 On June 13, the British Seventh Armored Division tried to outflank Caen but was repulsed at Villers-Bocage by elements of the First and Second SS Panzer Divisions. National Geographic, "'Top Secret' maps reveal the massive Allied effort behind D-Day," 3 June 2019 The Woodstock music festival, which took place the following week, further polarized the divide between those who embraced the hippie ethos and those who were repulsed by it. Marisa Iati, chicagotribune.com, "Actress Sharon Tate was young, beautiful and pregnant. Then Charles Manson’s ‘family’ arrived.," 10 Aug. 2019 The Battle of Wake Island, the Alamo of the Pacific, is mostly overlooked today — though it was rightly celebrated after the outbreak of World War II, for Americans’ repulsing and then delaying of the Japanese. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 12 Sep. 2019 As electrons further repulse each other, strain increases. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Polymer Will Self-Destruct in 3... 2...," 26 Aug. 2019 So kudos to this unidentified man, who has managed to repulse millions of people by using his bare feet to operate his inflight entertainment screen. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Video: Man using bare feet on inflight screen draws disgusted response," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet Mr Trump’s decision to change course represents neither a disastrous retreat nor a major moral repulse. The Economist, "A blot against America," 23 June 2018 After another great inwash of Hispanics, peaking during the late 1990s at around 750,000 arrivals a year, a repulse was inevitable. The Economist, "LexingtonHostility to immigration used to be found in both parties," 18 Jan. 2018 Fog stalled airborne reinforcements to British forces at Arnhem in 1944, contributing to the German repulse of a major Allied initiative. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding," 18 Oct. 2017 Valerian wheezes to a close and then gives us a sloppy, oafish grin, one that, much like an ugly dog, both endears and repulses. Jillian Selzer, Cosmopolitan, "The 12 Meanest Things Critics Are Saying About Valerian," 24 July 2017 Valerian wheezes to a close and then gives us a sloppy, oafish grin, one that, much like an ugly dog, both endears and repulses. Jillian Selzer, Cosmopolitan, "The 12 Meanest Things Critics Are Saying About Valerian," 24 July 2017 Valerian wheezes to a close and then gives us a sloppy, oafish grin, one that, much like an ugly dog, both endears and repulses. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Is an Endearing, Eye-Popping Mess," 18 July 2017 Valerian wheezes to a close and then gives us a sloppy, oafish grin, one that, much like an ugly dog, both endears and repulses. Richard Lawson, vanityfair.com, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Is an Endearing, Eye-Popping Mess," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of repulse

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repulse

Verb

Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel

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The first known use of repulse was in the 15th century

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18 Nov 2019

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“Repulse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repulsed. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for repulse

repulse

verb
How to pronounce repulse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of repulse

formal
: 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

verb
re·​pulse | \ ri-ˈpəls How to pronounce repulse (audio) \
repulsed; repulsing

Kids Definition of repulse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

repulse

noun

Kids Definition of repulse (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the action of driving back an attacker

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