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repulse

re·pulse

repulse

 
pronunciation:
rih puhls
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: repulsed, repulses, repulsing
definition 1: to force backward or repel (an attack or the like).
synonyms:
repel
antonyms:
attract
similar words:
defeat, overpower, overwhelm
definition 2: to reject coldly or rudely.
The proud old man repulsed all offers of aid.
synonyms:
rebuff, spurn
similar words:
contemn, deny, disdain, reject, repel, scorn, shun, snub
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of forcing back, or a forced retreat.
similar words:
retreat
definition 2: a cold or rude rejection; rebuff.
synonyms:
rebuff, spurn
similar words:
brush-off, cold shoulder, denial, rejection, repudiation, slight, snub
derivation: repulser (n.)
Word Parts
The word repulse contains the following part:
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push