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

disgust, gross out, nauseate, put off, repel, revolt, sicken, turn off

Synonyms: Noun

brush-off, cold shoulder, rebuff, silent treatment, snub

Antonyms: Noun

open arms

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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

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 Horror fans tend to be sniffy about filmmakers who eschew lashing of gore and an atmosphere of kiddie-repulsing intensity in favor of attempting to garner the largest possible audience with a rating lower than an R. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a disgustingly good gateway horror movie," 8 Aug. 2019 The Battle of Fort McHenry took place in 1814, when Americans repulsed a British attempt during the War of 1812 to take over Baltimore. Calvin Woodward, chicagotribune.com, "George Washington’s forces seized the airports? Trump blames July 4 speech history flub on busted teleprompter.," 5 July 2019 In Rozin's research, he's found that people are particularly repulsed by food that reminds them of bodies. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 Nazi counterblows near Caen were repulsed yesterday, headquarters said. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 By mid-May, the British soldiers at Lungi airport came under their first attack by the RUF, though the rebels were soon repulsed. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The material would possess negative energy, which would deflect radiation and repulse space-time apart from itself. Quanta Magazine, "Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes," 23 Oct. 2017

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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repulse

verb

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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