verb (used with object), repulsed, repulsing.
to drive back; repel: to repulse an assailant.
to repel with denial, discourtesy, or the like; refuse or reject.
to cause feelings of repulsion in: The scenes of violence in the film may repulse some viewers.
the act of repelling.
the fact of being repelled, as in hostile encounter.
a refusal or rejection.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel

repulser, noun
unrepulsed, adjective
unrepulsing, adjective

2. rebuff, spurn, shun, snub. Unabridged
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repulse (rɪˈpʌls)
1.  to drive back or ward off (an attacking force); repel; rebuff
2.  to reject with coldness or discourtesy: she repulsed his advances
3.  to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste
4.  the act or an instance of driving back or warding off; rebuff
5.  a cold discourteous rejection or refusal
[C16: from Latin repellere to drive back, repel]
usage  Some people think that the use of repulse in sentences such as he was repulsed by what he saw is incorrect and that the correct word is repel

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Example sentences
The two north poles push away, or repulse, each other.
They might have been carefully orchestrated to repulse independent voters.
Males are also expected to develop masculine traits that repulse or threaten rival and attract females.
In fresh wat er, particles of sediment are negatively charged and tend to repulse one another.
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