Definitions for: Repulse

[n] an instance of driving away or warding off
[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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

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