Definitions for: Repel

[v] reject outright and bluntly
[v] force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
[v] cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
[v] be repellent to; cause aversion in
[v] fill with distaste; "This fould language disgusts me"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re**pel" (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repelled
(-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repelling.] [L. repellere,
repulsum; pref. re- re- + pellere to drive. See Pulse a
beating, and cf. Repulse, Repeal.]
1. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance
of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.

Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide. --Pope.

They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted
each other strongly. --Macaulay.

2. To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault,
an encroachment, or an argument.

[He] gently repelled their entreaties. --Hawthorne.

Syn: Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse.

Re*pel", v. i.
To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to
exercise repulsion.

Synonyms: beat back, brush off, disgust, drive, drive back, fight off, force back, push back, rebuff, rebuff, repulse, repulse, repulse, revolt, snub

Antonyms: appeal, attract, attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

See Also: churn up, defend, disdain, disgust, displease, excite, fight, fight back, fight down, force, freeze off, nauseate, nauseate, oppose, piss off, pooh-pooh, push, put off, reject, revolt, scorn, sicken, sicken, spurn, stimulate, stir, turn down, turn off, turn one's stomach

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