Don abandons the mistress thing, which he knows is repellant, his wife tells him so.
I mean, did you ever meet anybody remotely like the repellant but inspiring Dr. Stone, who is the surgeon at the mission hospital?
This rough, repellant man actually paid court to me, served me at table as if I had been his lady.
The repellant forces that kept him back, are "not far to seek."
She loses both the repellant and the attractive power of a mistress of a family.
He was in such great and desperate earnest that he was not quite so repellant as usual.
I saw Marquesan women eating insects, worms, and other repellant bits of flesh out of sheer instinct and stomachic need.
After the flaming day from which we had just come this darkness was repellant.
Cornlie was glad to meet at the hotel a Dutch element that was not repellant.
In short, the ocean, once a formidable and repellant element, now furnishes Christian food and healthful employment to millions.
also repellant, 1640s, from Latin repellentem (nominative repelens), present participle of repellere (see repel). Originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning "distasteful, disagreeable" first recorded 1797.
also repellant, 1660s, "medicine that reduces tumors," from repellent (adj.). As "substance that repels insects," 1908.
repellent re·pel·lent (rĭ-pěl'ənt)
Capable of driving off or repelling. n.
A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.