The Hunchback of Notre Dame did not go out in public and stayed in the cathedral where he lived because he did not want to repulse the citizens of Paris with his grotesque appearance.
- When you enter a room and say hi and everyone ignores you, this is an example of when you are repulsed.
- When you feel repelled and disgusted by bloody horror movies, this is an example of when the movies repulse you.
- When an army forces its enemies to retreat, this is an example of when it repulses its enemies.
transitive verb-·pulsed′, -·puls′ing
- to drive back; repel, as an attack
- to repel with discourtesy, coldness, indifference, etc.; refuse, reject, or rebuff
- to be repulsive, or disgusting, to
Origin of repulsefrom Classical Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere, repel
- a repelling or being repelled
- a refusal, rejection, or rebuff
Origin of repulseL repulsa < repulsus
transitive verbre·pulsed, re·puls·ing, re·puls·es
- To drive back; repel: repulsed the attacking forces.
- To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial.
- Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in: was repulsed by his drunken behavior.
- The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed: the repulse of an attack.
- Rejection; refusal: a repulse of a would-be lover's advances.
Origin of repulseMiddle English repulsen from Latin repellere repuls-; see repel .
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
(third-person singular simple present repulses, present participle repulsing, simple past and past participle repulsed)