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repulsive

[ri-puhl-siv] /rɪˈpʌl sɪv/
adjective
1.
causing repugnance or aversion:
a repulsive mask.
2.
capable of causing repulsion; serving to repulse:
to present enough repulsive force to keep the enemy from daring to attack.
3.
tending to drive away or keep at a distance; cold; forbidding:
arrogant, repulsive airs to frighten the timid.
4.
Physics. of the nature of or characterized by physical repulsion.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; repulse + -ive
Related forms
repulsively, adverb
repulsiveness, noun
self-repulsive, adjective
unrepulsive, adjective
unrepulsively, adverb
unrepulsiveness, noun
Can be confused
repellent, repulsive.
Synonyms
1. loathsome, disgusting, offensive, distasteful.
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British Dictionary definitions for repulsiveness

repulsive

/rɪˈpʌlsɪv/
adjective
1.
causing or occasioning repugnance; loathsome; disgusting or distasteful: a repulsive sight
2.
tending to repel, esp by coldness and discourtesy
3.
(physics) concerned with, producing, or being a repulsion
Derived Forms
repulsively, adverb
repulsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for repulsiveness

repulsive

adj.

early 15c., "able to repel," from Middle French repulsif (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin repulsivus, from repuls-, past participle stem of repellere (see repel). The sense of "causing disgust" is first recorded 1816. Related: Repulsively; repulsiveness.

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