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repulsion

[ri-puhl-shuh n] /rɪˈpʌl ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
2.
the feeling of being repelled, as by the thought or presence of something; distaste, repugnance, or aversion.
3.
Physics. the force that acts between bodies of like electric charge or magnetic polarity, tending to separate them.
Origin of repulsion
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin repulsiōn- (stem of Late Latin repulsiō), equivalent to Latin repuls(us) (see repulse) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
interrepulsion, noun
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  • The gravity-plates for repulsion were those in the helmet; for attraction, those in the boot-soles.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • A sort of repulsion and attraction separated and kept them together at the same time.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • If the good is there, so is the evil; if the affinity, so the repulsion; if the force, so the limitation.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "His people, though," thought Roma, and so she conquered her repulsion.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • "No, thank you," she replied, and she was surprised at herself that she experienced no repulsion.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • I lifted us gently, bow first, with a repulsion of the bow plates.

  • From that time the repulsion which I had felt for Lawrence disappeared.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for repulsion

repulsion

/rɪˈpʌlʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of disgust or aversion
2.
(physics) a force tending to separate two objects, such as the force between two like electric charges or magnetic poles
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Word Origin and History for repulsion
n.

early 15c., "repudiation," from Late Latin repulsionem (nominative repulsio) "a repelling," noun of action from past participle stem of repellere (see repel). Meaning "action of forcing or driving back" is attested from 1540s. Sense of "strong dislike" is from 1751.

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repulsion in Medicine

repulsion re·pul·sion (rĭ-pŭl'shən)
n.

  1. The act of repelling or driving apart.

  2. A feeling of extreme dislike.

  3. The tendency of particles or bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity to separate.

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