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REPULSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does repulse mean? 

REPULSE (noun)
  The noun REPULSE has 1 sense:

1. an instance of driving away or warding off

  Familiarity information: REPULSE used as a noun is very rare.


REPULSE (verb)
  The verb REPULSE has 3 senses:

1. force or drive back
2. be repellent to; cause aversion in
3. cause to move back by force or influence

  Familiarity information: REPULSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REPULSE (noun)


Sense 1repulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An instance of driving away or warding off

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

repulse; snub; rebuff

Hypernyms ("repulse" is a kind of...):

rejection (the speech act of rejecting)


REPULSE (verb)


Sense 1repulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force or drive back

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

drive back; fight off; repulse; rebuff; repel

Context examples:

repel the attacker / fight off the onslaught / rebuff the attack

Hypernyms (to "repulse" is one way to...):

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2repulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be repellent to; cause aversion in

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

repel; repulse

Hypernyms (to "repulse" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "repulse"):

churn up; disgust; nauseate; revolt; sicken (cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of)

put off; turn off (cause to feel intense dislike or distaste)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to repulse Sue


Sense 3repulse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to move back by force or influence

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

repel; push back; force back; beat back; repulse; drive

Context examples:

repel the enemy / push back the urge to smoke / beat back the invaders

Hypernyms (to "repulse" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


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