Definition of repellent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpelənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpelənt//
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  1. 1repellent (to somebody) (formal) very unpleasant; causing strong dislike synonym repulsive I found the pictures repellent. Their political ideas are repellent to most people.
  2. 2(in compounds) not letting a particular substance, especially water, pass through it water-repellent cloth mutually repellent substances such as oil and water
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin repellent- ‘driving back’, from the verb repellere, from re- ‘back’ + pellere ‘to drive’.
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