verb (used with object), re·pulsed, re·puls·ing.
Origin of repulse
Synonyms for repulse
Related Words for repulseresist, repel, overthrow, rebuff, sicken, disgust, turndown, reverse, refusal, failure, nix, disappointment, defeat, check, brush-off, rebut, reject, refuse, spurn, disdain
Examples from the Web for repulse
Historical Examples of repulse
She could feel its false precision, its intention, its repulse of her.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
So desperate was my case, I was resolved not to stop even at this repulse.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Burnside's repulse at Fredericksburg was followed by a discouraging retreat.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
Not all my kicks and cuffs and beatings had sufficed one whit to repulse him.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
It cost her an effort to repulse him, and the effort was not very convincing.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Word Origin for repulse
early 15c., from Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere "drive back, reject" (see repel). Related: Repulsed; repulsing.
1530s, from Latin repulsa "refusal, denial," noun use of fem. past participle of repellere (see repel).