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Meaning of REPULSE

Pronunciation:  ri'puls

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an instance of driving away or warding off
  2. [v]  force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
  3. [v]  cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
  4. [v]  be repellent to; cause aversion in

REPULSE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: beat back, drive, drive back, fight off, force back, push back, rebuff, rebuff, repel, repel, repel, snub
 Antonyms: appeal, attract, attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
 See Also: churn up, defend, disgust, displease, fight, fight back, fight down, force, nauseate, oppose, piss off, push, put off, rejection, revolt, sicken, turn off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*pulse"\ (r?-p?ls"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repulsed}
    (-p?lst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repulsing}.] [L. repulsus, p. p.
    of repellere. See {Repel}.]
    1. To repel; to beat or drive back; as, to repulse an
       assault; to repulse the enemy.
             Complete to have discovered and repulsed Whatever
             wiles of foe or seeming friend.       --Milton.
    2. To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject;
       to send away; as, to repulse a suitor or a proffer.
  2. \Re*pulse"\, n. [L. repulsa, fr. repellere, repulsum.]
    1. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of
       being repelled or driven back.
             By fate repelled, and with repulses tired. --Denham.
             He received in the repulse of Tarquin seven hurts in
             the body.                             --Shak.
    2. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.