- 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)