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English adjective: repellent

1. repellent serving or tending to repel

SamplesHe became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful.
I find his obsequiousness repellent.

Synonymsrebarbative, repellant



2. repellent highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

SamplesA disgusting smell.
Distasteful language.
A loathsome disease.
The idea of eating meat is repellent to me.
Revolting food.
A wicked stench.

Synonymsdisgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky



3. repellent incapable of absorbing or mixing with

SamplesA water-repellent fabric.
Plastic highly resistant to steam and water.


Similarnonabsorbent, nonabsorptive

Antonymsabsorbent, absorptive

English noun: repellent

1. repellent (substance) a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water


Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

2. repellent (substance) a chemical substance that repels animals


Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

Narrower (hyponym)insect repellant, insect repellent, insectifuge

3. repellent (attribute) the power to repel

SamplesShe knew many repellents to his advances.


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness

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