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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpʌlsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpʌlsɪv//
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  1. 1causing a feeling of strong dislike; very unpleasant synonym disgusting a repulsive sight/smell/habit What a repulsive man! synonyms at disgusting See related entries: Attractiveness
  2. 2(physics) causing repulsion (= a force that pushes away) repulsive forces
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from French répulsif, or from , -ive, from repellere ‘drive back’, from re- ‘back’ + pellere ‘to drive’.Extra examples She found the idea deeply repulsive. The very thought seems repulsive. He found her habits quite repulsive. What a repulsive person!
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