repulsive

[ri-puhl-siv]
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; repulse + -ive

repulsively, adverb
repulsiveness, noun
self-repulsive, adjective
unrepulsive, adjective
unrepulsively, adverb
unrepulsiveness, noun

repellent, repulsive.


1. loathsome, disgusting, offensive, distasteful.
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repulsive (rɪˈpʌlsɪv)
 
adj
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
 
re'pulsively
 
adv
 
re'pulsiveness
 
n

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Example sentences
The scene at the depot was repulsive and nauseating, but no more revolting to
  witness than any surgical operation.
The cold grip of its repulsive gravity is strangling the formation of large
  cosmic structures.
Above the critical temperature, the net interaction between two electrons is
  repulsive.
Since he was repulsive and had buzzard breath, he needed all the help he could
  get.
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