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repulse

[ri-puhls] /rɪˈpʌls/
verb (used with object), repulsed, repulsing.
1.
to drive back; repel:
to repulse an assailant.
2.
to repel with denial, discourtesy, or the like; refuse or reject.
3.
to cause feelings of repulsion in:
The scenes of violence in the film may repulse some viewers.
noun
4.
the act of repelling.
5.
the fact of being repelled, as in hostile encounter.
6.
a refusal or rejection.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel
Related forms
repulser, noun
unrepulsed, adjective
unrepulsing, adjective
Synonyms
2. rebuff, spurn, shun, snub.
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British Dictionary definitions for repulser

repulse

/rɪˈpʌls/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
4.
the act or an instance of driving back or warding off; rebuff
5.
a cold discourteous rejection or refusal
Derived Forms
repulser, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repellere to drive back, repel
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Word Origin and History for repulser

repulse

v.

early 15c., from Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere "drive back, reject" (see repel). Related: Repulsed; repulsing.

n.

1530s, from Latin repulsa "refusal, denial," noun use of fem. past participle of repellere (see repel).

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