American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To drive back; repel.
- v. To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial.
- v. Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in.
- n. The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
- n. Rejection; refusal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat or drive back; repel: as, to repulse an assailant or advancing enemy.
- To refuse; reject.
- n. The act of repelling or driving back.
- n. The condition of being repelled; the state of being checked in advancing, or driven back by force.
- n. Refusal; denial.
- v. to repel or drive back
- v. to reject or rebuff
- v. to cause revulsion
- n. the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed
- n. refusal, rejection or repulsion
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To repel; to beat or drive back
- v. To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject; to send away.
- n. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back.
- n. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.
- v. be repellent to; cause aversion in
- n. an instance of driving away or warding off
- v. cause to move back by force or influence
- v. force or drive back
- From Latin repellere ("to drive back"), from re- ("back") + pellere ("to drive"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English repulsen, from Latin repellere, repuls-; see repel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Their repulse was a bitter humiliation to the _parvenue_ Empress, whose resentment took the form (along with many other curious results) of opening the present Boulevard St. Germain, its line being intentionally carried through the heart of that quarter, teeming with historic "Hotels" of the old aristocracy, where beautiful constructions were mercilessly torn down to make way for the new avenue.”
“To a young man possessed of excessive vanity, the repulse was the more humiliating in proportion to its publicity.”
“A repulse was a sure defeat; and a defeat was most commonly total destruction.”
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