verb (used with object), re·pulsed, re·puls·ing.
- to drive back; repel: to repulse an assailant.
- to repel with denial, discourtesy, or the like; refuse or reject.
- to cause feelings of repulsion in: The scenes of violence in the film may repulse some viewers.
- to drive back or ward off (an attacking force); repel; rebuff
- to reject with coldness or discourtesyshe repulsed his advances
- to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste
- the act or an instance of driving back or warding off; rebuff
- a cold discourteous rejection or refusal
early 15c., from Latin repulsus, past participle of repellere “drive back, reject” (see repel). Related: Repulsed; repulsing.
1530s, from Latin repulsa “refusal, denial,” noun use of fem. past participle of repellere (see repel).