Synonyms and Antonyms of repel

  1. 1 to drive back the defenders repelled the attacking army after several hours of fierce fighting Synonyms beat off, fend (off), rebut, repulse, stave off, turn away, turn back Related Words defy, fight, hold off, oppose, resist, stand off, withstand; deflect, ward (off); rebuff, snub, spurn Near Antonyms embrace, hail, welcome

  2. 2 to cause to feel disgust the idea of chocolate-covered grasshoppers repels me Synonyms gross out, nauseate, put off, disgust, repulse, revolt, sicken, turn offRelated Words displease, distress; appall (also appal), disquiet, horrify; affront, insult, offend, outrage, shockNear Antonyms allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, disarm, draw, enchant, entice, fascinate, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please, rejoice, tickle; enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue

  3. 3 to refuse to give in to repelled the temptation to stay out late and call in sick the next day Synonyms buck, defy, fight, oppose, resist, withstandRelated Words battle, combat, contend (with); challenge, contest, contradict, dispute; baffle, balk, foil, frustrate, thwart; check, counter, hinder, obstruct, stemAntonyms bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), knuckle under (to), stoop (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)

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a brief usually trivial fact

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