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Definition of repulse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repulse
    he / she / it repulses
    past simple repulsed
    -ing form repulsing
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  1. 1[usually passive] repulse somebody to make someone feel disgust or strong dislike synonym repel I was repulsed by the horrible smell. synonyms at shock
  2. 2repulse somebody/something to fight someone who is attacking you and drive them away synonym repel to repulse an attack/invasion/offensive
  3. 3repulse somebody/something to refuse to accept someone's help, attempts to be friendly, etc. synonym reject Each time I tried to help I was repulsed. She repulsed his advances.
  4. Thesaurusshockappall horrify disgust sicken repulseThese words all mean to surprise and upset someone very much.shock [often passive] to surprise someone, usually in a way that upsets them:We were all shocked at the news of his death.appall to shock and upset someone very much:I was appalled at the way she spoke to her mother.horrify to make someone feel extremely shocked, upset, or frightened:The whole country was horrified by the kidnapping.disgust to make someone feel shocked and almost ill because something is so unpleasant:The level of violence in the movie really disgusted me.sicken to make someone feel very shocked, angry, and almost ill because something is so unpleasant:I was sickened by the lack of concern for the child's welfare.repulse [often passive] (somewhat formal) to make someone feel disgust or strong dislike:I was repulsed by the smell of liquor on his breath.Patterns shocked/appalled/horrified/disgusted/repulsed at somebody/something to shock/appall/horrify/disgust somebody that… to shock/appall/horrify/disgust/sicken somebody to think/see/hear… somebody's behavior shocks/appalls somebody violence/an idea shocks/appalls/horrifies/disgusts somebody
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