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Definition of "repulse" []

  • To drive back; repel. (verb-transitive)
  • To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial. (verb-transitive)
  • Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed. (noun)
  • Rejection; refusal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "repulse" in a sentence
  • "Now and then, volleys of musketry, or a repulse from the Southern batteries on the heights, filled the blue morning sky with belching scarlet flame and smoke: through all, however, the long train of army-wagons passed over the pontoon-bridge, bearing the wounded."
  • "The great battle of Fredericksburg, in which the Federal armies sustained a disastrous repulse, is described in the Supplement, page"
  • "The first intimation he had of a repulse was the trembling of Rachel's arm in his."