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repulse

to drive back; repel; rebuff, snub, shun: repulse a man’s advances
Not to be confused with:
repudiate – to reject as having no authority; disown; reject with disapproval; renounce: repudiate a leader
repugn – to oppose or refute: repugn the candidate
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re·pulse

 (rĭ-pŭls′)
tr.v. re·pulsed, re·puls·ing, re·puls·es
1. To drive back; repel: repulsed the attacking forces.
2. To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial.
3. Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in: was repulsed by his drunken behavior.
n.
1. The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed: the repulse of an attack.
2. Rejection; refusal: a repulse of a would-be lover's advances.

[Middle English repulsen, from Latin repellere, repuls-; see repel.]

re·puls′er n.
Usage Note: A number of language critics have maintained that repulse should only be used to mean "to drive away" (as in The infantry repulsed the attack) or "to spurn" (as in She repulsed his rude advances with a frown") and not "to cause repulsion in; disgust." Many reputable writers, however, use repulse as a synonym for disgust, just as the related words repulsion and repulsive are used to mean "disgust" and "disgusting." The verb repel is a synonym for this sense of repulse and is also standard when used in this way: "But some of the time she was repelled by even the thought of her classmates, greedy and self-absorbed" (Edith Pearlman).
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repulse

(rɪˈpʌls)
vb (tr)
1. (Military) 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
n
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]
reˈpulser n
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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re•pulse

(rɪˈpʌls)

v. -pulsed, -puls•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to drive back; repel.
2. to repel with denial; refuse or reject.
3. to cause feelings of repulsion in; disgust.
n.
4. the act of repelling.
5. a refusal or rejection.
6. the fact of being repelled, as in hostile encounter.
[1375–1425; < Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere to repel]
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repulse


Past participle: repulsed
Gerund: repulsing

Imperative
repulse
repulse
Present
I repulse
you repulse
he/she/it repulses
we repulse
you repulse
they repulse
Preterite
I repulsed
you repulsed
he/she/it repulsed
we repulsed
you repulsed
they repulsed
Present Continuous
I am repulsing
you are repulsing
he/she/it is repulsing
we are repulsing
you are repulsing
they are repulsing
Present Perfect
I have repulsed
you have repulsed
he/she/it has repulsed
we have repulsed
you have repulsed
they have repulsed
Past Continuous
I was repulsing
you were repulsing
he/she/it was repulsing
we were repulsing
you were repulsing
they were repulsing
Past Perfect
I had repulsed
you had repulsed
he/she/it had repulsed
we had repulsed
you had repulsed
they had repulsed
Future
I will repulse
you will repulse
he/she/it will repulse
we will repulse
you will repulse
they will repulse
Future Perfect
I will have repulsed
you will have repulsed
he/she/it will have repulsed
we will have repulsed
you will have repulsed
they will have repulsed
Future Continuous
I will be repulsing
you will be repulsing
he/she/it will be repulsing
we will be repulsing
you will be repulsing
they will be repulsing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been repulsing
you have been repulsing
he/she/it has been repulsing
we have been repulsing
you have been repulsing
they have been repulsing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been repulsing
you will have been repulsing
he/she/it will have been repulsing
we will have been repulsing
you will have been repulsing
they will have been repulsing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been repulsing
you had been repulsing
he/she/it had been repulsing
we had been repulsing
you had been repulsing
they had been repulsing
Conditional
I would repulse
you would repulse
he/she/it would repulse
we would repulse
you would repulse
they would repulse
Past Conditional
I would have repulsed
you would have repulsed
he/she/it would have repulsed
we would have repulsed
you would have repulsed
they would have repulsed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.repulse - an instance of driving away or warding offrepulse - an instance of driving away or warding off
rejection - the speech act of rejecting
Verb1.repulse - force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
fight down, oppose, fight, fight back, defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
2.repulse - be repellent to; cause aversion in
churn up, sicken, disgust, nauseate, revolt - cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of; "The pornographic pictures sickened us"
put off, turn off - cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
displease - give displeasure to
3.repulse - cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
drive - cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"
push, force - move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
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repulse

verb
1. disgust, offend, revolt, put off, sicken, repel, nauseate, gross out (U.S. slang), turn your stomach, fill with loathing The thought of it repulsed me.
2. drive back, check, defeat, fight off, repel, rebuff, ward off, beat off, throw back The army were prepared to repulse any attack.
3. reject, refuse, turn down, snub, disregard, disdain, spurn, rebuff, give the cold shoulder to She repulsed him with undisguised venom.
noun
1. defeat, check the repulse of invaders in 1785
2. rejection, refusal, snub, spurning, rebuff, knock-back (slang), cold shoulder, kick in the teeth (slang), the (old) heave-ho (informal) If he meets with a repulse he will not be cast down.
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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repulse

verb
To turn or drive away:
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Translations
صَد، رَد، رَقْض قُبوليُخَيِّب، يَرْفُض قَبوليَصُد، يَرُد
odmítnoutodmítnutíodraženíodrazit
afslåmodvilje
visszaverés
höfnunhrekja afturvísa á bug
atrėmimas
atraidītatsišanaatsistatvairītnoraidījums
odrazenie

repulse

[rɪˈpʌls]
A. VT (gen) → rechazar
B. Nrechazo m
to suffer a repulseser rechazado
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repulse

[rɪˈpʌls] vt
(= disgust) → dégoûter
to be repulsed by sth/sb → être dégoûté(e) par qch/qn
(= drive back) [+ attackers, troops, attack] → repousser
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repulse

vt (Mil) enemy, attackzurückschlagen, abwehren; (fig) person, help, offerabweisen, zurückweisen; somebody is repulsed by something (fig)etw stößt jdn ab, jd findet etw widerwärtig
n (Mil) → Abwehr f, → Zurückschlagen nt; (fig)Abweisung f, → Zurückweisung f
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repulse

[rɪˈpʌls] vtrespingere
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

repulse

(rəˈpals) verb
1. to repel (an enemy).
2. to refuse to accept eg help from, or be friendly to.
noun
(an) act of repulsing.
repulsion (rəˈpalʃən) noun
disgust.
repulsive (rəˈpalsiv) adjective
horrible; disgusting.
reˈpulsively adverb
reˈpulsiveness noun
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References in classic literature ?
He reported that his regiment had been attacked by French cavalry and that, though the attack had been repulsed, he had lost more than half his men.
She could but refuse me, and better be a repulsed lover than an accepted brother.
A long and anxious watch succeeded, but without any further evidences of a renewed attack; and Duncan began to hope that their fire had proved more fatal than was supposed, and that their enemies had been effectually repulsed. When he ventured to utter this impression to his companions, it was met by Hawkeye with an incredulous shake of the head.
I doubt thy mother and I must rue that we ever reared thee!' That made her cry, at first; and then being repulsed continually hardened her, and she laughed if I told her to say she was sorry for her faults, and beg to be forgiven.
for if I am again repulsed, my vengeance shall equal my love.
The Martians had been repulsed; they were not invulnera- ble.
Monsieur de Beaufort sent his cavalry, toward Etampes and Monsieur de Chanleu, who defended the place, was ready to resist an assault, or if the enemy were repulsed, to attempt a sortie.
Chanleu, whose fire at one time repulsed the royal regiment, thought that the moment was come to pursue it; but it was reformed and led again to the charge by the Duc de Chatillon in person.
At that instant, too, a messenger arrived to say that the left attack had been repulsed; and I was just beginning to congratulate myself, believing that the affair was over for the present, when, to our horror, we perceived our men who had been engaged in the right defence being driven towards us across the plain, followed by swarms of the enemy, who had evidently succeeded at this point.
In ours there were none at all beside the mariners, but the servants of the commanders and some few voluntary gentlemen only." And yet the Spaniards "were still repulsed, again and again, and at all times beaten back into their own ships, or into the seas."
And (he) persuaded the company, or as many as he could induce, to yield themselves unto God, and to the mercy of none else, but as they had, like valiant resolute men, repulsed so many enemies, they should not now shorten the honour of their nation, by prolonging their own lives by a few hours, or a few days.
Full twenty times they were repulsed with loss of life, and still came back again; and though the fellow at their head was marked and singled out by all, and was a conspicuous object as the only rioter on horseback, not a man could hit him.