verb (used with object), re·pulsed, re·puls·ing.
Origin of repulse
Synonyms for repulse
Related Words for repulsingresist, repel, overthrow, rebuff, sicken, disgust, rebut, nix, reject, check, defeat, refuse, spurn, disdain, revolt, snub, disregard, heave-ho, reluct
Examples from the Web for repulsing
Historical Examples of repulsing
James was used to her supplications for justice, and to repulsing them.Sir Walter Ralegh
At Gourouma we were attacked by seven boats, but succeeded in repulsing them.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
Puymirol had now abandoned all idea of repulsing the stranger.The Red Lottery Ticket
Fortun Du Boisgobey
They tried in vain to storm it, the Judans repulsing a nocturnal attack.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)
Both were as serious as could be, repulsing everyone who wanted to separate them.The conquest of Rome
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).