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.
This she did (we are not told how), and Beethoven reacted with ‘repellent coldness’.
It seemed to me the most hideous motion I had ever seen—so unnatural, so ungraceful, so repellent.
repellent differences and dislikes separate them from mankind.
repellent as seems to us the central doctrine of Buddhism, it extended rapidly.
He had found the only way, and repellent though it might be to him, he must take it.
Oaths and vile language of any sort had always been repellent to me.
There was something fascinating as well as repellent about the woods.
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.