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REPULSIVE

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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]

Meaning:

Offensive to the mind

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

offensive (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses)


Sense 2repulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possessing the ability to repel

Context example:

a repulsive force

Attribute:

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)

Antonym:

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


Sense 3repulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

So extremely ugly as to be terrifying

Synonyms:

hideous; repulsive

Context examples:

a hideous scar / a repulsive mask

Similar:

ugly (displeasing to the senses)


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