- To repulse is to reject someone, to be disgusted by something, or to drive someone away.
- 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.
repulse definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; from Classical Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere, repel
- a repelling or being repelled
- a refusal, rejection, or rebuff
Origin: L repulsa < repulsus
repulse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb re·pulsed, re·puls·ing, re·puls·es
- To drive back; repel.
- To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial.
- Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in.
- The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
- Rejection; refusal.
Origin: Middle English repulsen, from Latin repellere, repuls-; see repel.
- re·pulsˈer noun