AskDefine | Define repulse

Dictionary Definition

repulse n : an instance of driving away or warding off [syn: rebuff, snub]

Verb

1 force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack" [syn: repel, fight off, rebuff, drive back]
2 be repellent to; cause aversion in [syn: repel] [ant: attract]
3 cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: repel, drive, force back, push back, beat back] [ant: attract]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Verb

  1. to repel or drive back
  2. to reject or rebuff
  3. to cause revulsion

Translations

to repel or drive back
to reject or rebuff
to cause revulsion

Noun

  1. the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed
  2. refusal, rejection or repulsion

Italian

Verb

repulse

Noun

repulse

Extensive Definition

Repulse may refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abjuration, abjure, abjurement, backfire, backlash, backlashing, bafflement, balk, be proof against, bear up, bear up against, beat back, beat off, block, boomerang, bounce, bound, brush aside, brush off, brush-off, carom, challenge, chase, chase away, chase off, check, checkmate, chuck, chuck out, chucking, chucking out, cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, combative reaction, complaint, confusion, contemn, contempt, contradict, contradiction, contrecoup, counter, counteraction, cut, cut direct, declination, decline, declining, defiance, defy, demur, denial, deny, despisal, despise, despising, disapproval, disapprove, discard, disclaim, disclamation, discomfiture, discount, discounting, disdain, dismiss, dismissal, disown, disownment, dispute, disregard, dissent, dissentience, drive away, drive back, endure, except, exception, exclude, exclusion, fend, fend off, flat refusal, foil, forswear, fractiousness, frustration, high-hat, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, hold out, hold up, humiliation, ignore, ignoring, keep at bay, keep off, kick, kickback, nauseate, negativism, nonacceptance, nonapproval, nonconsideration, noncooperation, not receive, objection, obstinacy, obstruct, opposition, pack off, parry, pass by, pass up, passing by, passive resistance, point-blank refusal, protest, push aside, push back, put back, putting away, putting out, reaction, rebound, rebuff, rebut, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recalcitration, recant, recantation, recoil, refractoriness, refusal, refuse, refuse to consider, refuse to receive, reject, rejection, reluct, reluctance, remonstrance, renitence, renitency, renounce, renouncement, repel, repellence, repellency, repercussion, repudiate, repudiation, repulsion, resilience, resist, resistance, reversal, reverse, revolt, ricochet, rout, scout, scouting, send away, send off, send packing, setback, short shrift, shove away, sicken, slight, sneer, sniff, snort, snub, spring, spurn, spurning, stand, stand up, stave off, stop, summary negative, the cold shoulder, the go-by, throw away, throw out, throwing out, thrust back, turn aside, turn away, turn away from, turn back, turn down, turn out, turning out, uncooperativeness, upstage, waive, ward off, withstand, withstanding
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