- to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
- to thrust back or away.
- to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).
- to keep off or out; fail to mix with: Water and oil repel each other.
- to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid): This coat repels rain.
- to refuse to have to do with; resist involvement in: to repel temptation.
- to refuse to accept or admit; reject: to repel a suggestion.
- to discourage the advances of (a person): He repelled me with his harshness.
- to cause distaste or aversion in: Their untidy appearance repelled us.
- to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract): The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
- to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
- to cause distaste or aversion.
Origin of repel
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1. repulse, parry, ward off. 3. withstand, oppose, rebuff. 7. decline, rebuff.
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I was repelled from liberalism because I disliked sentimentality in politics.David Mamet's Right Turn
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But terrible indeed was the cost at which the last had been repelled.The White Company
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His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.Within the Law
I then repelled that curiosity, for my mind was not in a situation to gratify it.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
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Butterby would have cast suspicion to him then, but I repelled it.The Channings
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She repelled my mocking smile with a glance of scornful indignation.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
- to force or drive back (something or somebody, esp an attacker)
- (also intr) to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste in (someone or something); be disgusting (to)
- to push aside; dismisshe repelled the suggestion as wrong and impossible
- to be effective in keeping away, controlling, or resistingan aerosol spray that repels flies
- to have no affinity for; fail to mix with or absorbwater and oil repel each other
- to disdain to accept (something); turn away from or spurnshe repelled his advances
- (also intr) to exert an opposing force on (something)an electric charge repels another charge of the same sign
C15: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drive
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Word Origin and History for repelled
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