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1. The act of repulsing or the condition of being repulsed: the repulsion of an attack on the fort.
2. Extreme aversion: felt nothing but repulsion at the remark.
3. Physics The force that causes particles or bodies to repel one another, as from having the same electric charge or magnetic polarity.
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1. a feeling of disgust or aversion
2. (General Physics) physics a force tending to separate two objects, such as the force between two like electric charges or magnetic poles
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(rɪˈpʌl ʃən)

1. the act of repulsing, or the state of being repulsed.
2. a feeling of distaste or aversion.
3. the force that tends to separate bodies of like electric charge or magnetic polarity.
[1375–1425; < Middle French < Medieval Latin repulsiō ejection, Late Latin: refutation, derivative (with Latin -tiō -tion) of Latin repellere; see repulse]
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the gorge rises at it To find repugnant, to hold in revulsion; to feel disgust at; to be sickened or nauseated by; to turn one’s stomach. The gorge is the craw or stomach, and, by metonymy, its contents. The phrase is yet another owing its popularity and quite possibly its origin to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. On recalling the lively wit that once inhabitated the cold, decaying skull of Yorick then in his hands, Hamlet says:

How abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. (V, i)

The expression is still frequently encountered in literary or formal writing. Webster’s Third cites a recent usage by Pearl Buck:

When he tried to eat the flesh of his ox his gorge rose.

set the teeth on edge To repel, offend, or disgust; to jar or grate on one’s nerves, to irritate or annoy. This expression is derived from an ancient proverb as evidenced in Jeremiah 31:29-30:

In those days they shall no longer say: “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” But every one shall die for his own sin; each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

The allusion is to the unpleasant, tingling sensation caused by sour or acidic foods.

I had rather hear a brazen
canstick turn’d,
Or a dry wheel grate on the
And that would set my teeth
nothing on edge,
Nothing so much as mincing
(Shakespeare, I Henry IV, III, iii)

A variation is put the teeth on edge.

stick in the craw To be difficult to accept or reconcile; to rub the wrong way; to be irritating, offensive, or annoying. The concept of swallowing is often used metaphorically for the acceptance or rejection of ideas. In this expression, which appeared in print by the 18th century, nonacceptance is conveyed by the image of something being stuck in one’s craw (crop or gullet). Variants of this expression include stick in the gullet or crop or throat.

There is one or two things that stick in my Crop. (The Deane Papers, 1775)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.repulsion - the force by which bodies repel one another
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
attraction, attractive force - the force by which one object attracts another
2.repulsion - intense aversion
disgust - strong feelings of dislike
3.repulsion - the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
stand - a defensive effort; "the army made a final stand at the Rhone"
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نُفور، مَقْت، إشْمِئْزاز


[rɪˈpʌlʃən] N
1. (= disgust) → repulsión f, repugnancia f
2. (= rejection) → rechazo m
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[rɪˈpʌlʃən] n
(= disgust) → répulsion f
[attack, attackers, force, troops] → refoulement m
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(= distaste)Widerwille m(for gegen)
(Phys) → Abstoßung f
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[rɪˈpʌlʃn] nripulsione f, ribrezzo
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(rəˈpals) verb
1. to repel (an enemy).
2. to refuse to accept eg help from, or be friendly to.
(an) act of repulsing.
repulsion (rəˈpalʃən) noun
repulsive (rəˈpalsiv) adjective
horrible; disgusting.
reˈpulsively adverb
reˈpulsiveness noun
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n. repulsión, aversión, repugnancia.
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"Did I ever tell you that I once saw him, and shared your feeling of repulsion?"
The sight of him brought back to me all the horror which I was not unwilling to forget, and I felt in me a sudden repulsion for the cause of it.
The terrible moment of complete illumination had come to me, and I saw that the darkness had hidden no landscape from me, but only a blank prosaic wall: from that evening forth, through the sickening years which followed, I saw all round the narrow room of this woman's soul--saw petty artifice and mere negation where I had delighted to believe in coy sensibilities and in wit at war with latent feeling--saw the light floating vanities of the girl defining themselves into the systematic coquetry, the scheming selfishness, of the woman--saw repulsion and antipathy harden into cruel hatred, giving pain only for the sake of wreaking itself.
But as soon as she no longer saw him, she was aware of the spot on her hand that his lips had touched, and she shuddered with repulsion.
The solar eighth ray would be absorbed by the surface of Barsoom, but the Barsoomian eighth ray, which tends to propel light from Mars into space, is constantly streaming out from the planet constituting a force of repulsion of gravity which when confined is able to life enormous weights from the surface of the ground.
Only look, dearest woman, LOOK--!" She looked, even as I did, and gave me, with her deep groan of negation, repulsion, compassion-- the mixture with her pity of her relief at her exemption--a sense, touching to me even then, that she would have backed me up if she could.
He was surprised that the old feeling had left him so completely; he discerned in himself a faint physical repulsion from her; and he thought that if he touched her it would give him goose-flesh.
The same faces, the same talk, Papa holding his cup and blowing in the same way!" thought Natasha, feeling with horror a sense of repulsion rising up in her for the whole household, because they were always the same.
She had no sense of chill resolute repulsion, of reticent self-justification such as she had known under Lydgate's most stormy displeasure: all her sensibility was turned into a bewildering novelty of pain; she felt a new terrified recoil under a lash never experienced before.
Their natural antipathy of temperament made resentment an easy passage to hatred, and in Philip the transition seemed to have begun; there was no malignity in his disposition, but there was a susceptibility that made him peculiarly liable to a strong sense of repulsion. The ox--we may venture to assert it on the authority of a great classic--is not given to use his teeth as an instrument of attack, and Tom was an excellent bovine lad, who ran at questionable objects in a truly ingenious bovine manner; but he had blundered on Philip's tenderest point, and had caused him as much acute pain as if he had studied the means with the nicest precision and the most envenomed spite.
Hitherto he had been treated very much as if he had been a useful gnome or brownie-- a queer and unaccountable creature, who must necessarily be looked at with wondering curiosity and repulsion, and with whom one would be glad to make all greetings and bargains as brief as possible, but who must be dealt with in a propitiatory way, and occasionally have a present of pork or garden stuff to carry home with him, seeing that without him there was no getting the yarn woven.
Well, I said, would you not allow that assent and dissent, desire and aversion, attraction and repulsion, are all of them opposites, whether they are regarded as active or passive