- 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.
To repulse is to reject someone, to be disgusted by something, or to drive someone away.
- 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 repulse; from 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.
(third-person singular simple present repulses, present participle repulsing, simple past and past participle repulsed)