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 Dictionary entry overview: What does repulsive mean? 

REPULSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective REPULSIVE has 3 senses:

1. offensive to the mind
2. possessing the ability to repel
3. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying

  Familiarity information: REPULSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

REPULSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1repulsive [BACK TO TOP]


Offensive to the mind


abhorrent; detestable; repugnant; repulsive; obscene

Context examples:

an abhorrent deed / the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee / morally repugnant customs / repulsive behavior / the most repulsive character in recent novels


offensive (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses)

Sense 2repulsive [BACK TO TOP]


Possessing the ability to repel

Context example:

a repulsive force


repulsion; repulsive force (the force by which bodies repel one another)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


attractive (having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull)

Sense 3repulsive [BACK TO TOP]


So extremely ugly as to be terrifying


hideous; repulsive

Context examples:

a hideous scar / a repulsive mask


ugly (displeasing to the senses)

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