Among those matriarchs are countless Italian women who have told me that they find our own sexual politics “repellent” and “sad.”
At first it seems the repellent extends to the men in her life.
As much as America finds President Zardari repellent, we in Pakisan do, too.
also repellant, 1640s, from Latin repellentem (nominative repelens), present participle of repellere (see repel). Originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning "distasteful, disagreeable" first recorded 1797.
also repellant, 1660s, "medicine that reduces tumors," from repellent (adj.). As "substance that repels insects," 1908.
repellent re·pel·lent (rĭ-pěl'ənt)
Capable of driving off or repelling. n.
A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.