repulsive

adjective
re·pul·sive | \ri-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of repulsive 

1 : serving or able to repulse repulsive force

2 : tending to repel or reject : cold, forbidding

3 : arousing aversion or disgust repulsive crimes

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Other Words from repulsive

repulsively adverb
repulsiveness noun

Examples of repulsive in a Sentence

Magnets have a repulsive effect on each other. a repulsive display of shameless flattery that made the embarrassed actor wrinkle his nose in disgust

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As the film begins in 2028, a young Taiwanese nurse (Alina Tsai), known only by her employee number, is shown struggling with her repulsive routines and cramped living quarters in an Indonesian hospital. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 And this repulsive encounter is worse than unhygienic: those feces spread microscopic parasites that cause Chagas disease. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 Giving him any money to rebuild his country would be doubly repulsive. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 Annie is a complicated character, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes outright repulsive. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ari Aster’s breakout horror hit Hereditary is pants-wettingly scary," 8 June 2018 On the face of it, the argument that society should be rearranged to accommodate these men is so repulsive that it should not be entertained. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Men Don't Have a Right to Sex," 4 May 2018 Durian are just about synonymous with their repulsive odor, which (to be fair) has whiffs of sweetness that are immediately overwhelmed by notes of corrosion and rancid egg. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 Even those who found his words repulsive were mesmerized by him. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 The same agenda that’s so repulsive to the campaigners has drawn praise from President Trump and much of his base. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Outrage from environmentalists will only boost Pruitt’s standing in Trump’s orbit.," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of repulsive

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of repulsive was in 1594

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More Definitions for repulsive

repulsive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of repulsive

: causing strong dislike or disgust

physics : of or relating to the force that pushes something away from something else

repulsive

adjective
re·pul·sive | \ri-ˈpəl-siv \

Kids Definition of repulsive

: causing disgust a repulsive sight

Other Words from repulsive

repulsively adverb
repulsiveness noun

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