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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


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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