verb (used with object), repelled, repelling.
to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
to thrust back or away.
to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).
to keep off or out; fail to mix with: Water and oil repel each other.
to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid): This coat repels rain.
to refuse to have to do with; resist involvement in: to repel temptation.
to refuse to accept or admit; reject: to repel a suggestion.
to discourage the advances of (a person): He repelled me with his harshness.
to cause distaste or aversion in: Their untidy appearance repelled us.
to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract ): The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
verb (used without object), repelled, repelling.
to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
to cause distaste or aversion.

1350–1400; Middle English repellen < Latin repellere to drive back, equivalent to re- re- + pellere to drive, push; see repulse

repellence, repellency, noun
repeller, noun
repellingly, adverb
repellingness, noun
nonrepellence, noun
nonrepellency, noun
nonrepeller, noun
self-repellency, noun
unrepelled, adjective

1. repulse, parry, ward off. 3. withstand, oppose, rebuff. 7. decline, rebuff.

1. attract.
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repel (rɪˈpɛl)
vb , -pels, -pelling, -pelled
1.  to force or drive back (something or somebody, esp an attacker)
2.  (also intr) to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste in (someone or something); be disgusting (to)
3.  to push aside; dismiss: he repelled the suggestion as wrong and impossible
4.  to be effective in keeping away, controlling, or resisting: an aerosol spray that repels flies
5.  to have no affinity for; fail to mix with or absorb: water and oil repel each other
6.  to disdain to accept (something); turn away from or spurn: she repelled his advances
7.  (also intr) to exert an opposing force on (something): an electric charge repels another charge of the same sign
[C15: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drive]

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Word Origin & History

c.1421, "to drive away, remove," from O.Fr. repeller, from L. repellere "to drive back," from re- "back" + pellere "to drive, strike" (see pulse (1)). Meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817. Repellent (adj.) is recorded from 1643, from L. repellentem, prp. of repellere;
originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning "distasteful, disagreeable" first recorded 1797. The noun sense of "substance that repels insects" first recorded 1908.
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