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English noun: repulse

1. repulse (communication) an instance of driving away or warding off


Synonymsrebuff, snub


Broader (hypernym)rejection


English verb: repulse

1. repulse (competition) force or drive back


SamplesRepel the attacker.
Fight off the onslaught.
Rebuff the attack.


Synonymsdrive back, fight off, rebuff, repel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose

2. repulse (emotion) be repellent to; cause aversion in


ExamplesThe performance is likely to repulse Sue


Synonymsrepel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)displease


Narrower (hyponym)churn up, disgust, nauseate, put off, revolt, sicken, turn off


Antonymsattract, appeal

3. repulse (contact) cause to move back by force or influence


SamplesRepel the enemy.
Push back the urge to smoke.
Beat back the invaders.


Synonymsbeat back, drive, force back, push back, repel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)force, push


Verb groupdrive


Antonymsattract, pull in, draw in, pull, draw









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