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Repel \Re**pel"\ (r?-p?l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repelled (-p?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Repelling.] [L. repellere, repulsum; pref. re- re- + pellere to drive. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Repulse, Repeal.]

  1. To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.

    Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide.

    They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted each other strongly.

  2. To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault, an encroachment, or an argument.

    [He] gently repelled their entreaties.

    Syn: Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse.


vb. (present participle of repel English)

  1. v. cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back] [ant: attract]

  2. be repellent to; cause aversion in [syn: repulse] [ant: attract]

  3. force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack" [syn: repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back]

  4. reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal" [syn: rebuff, snub]

  5. fill with distaste; "This spoilt food disgusts me" [syn: disgust, gross out, revolt]

  6. [also: repelling, repelled]


adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky]


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Usage examples of "repelling".

We must strike with irresistible force while Antar and Anigel still have some hope of repelling our invasion, before the Archimage can convince her sister to flee.

All at once she understood the source of his power, the same power that made the people of Lovell avoid him, that made him so capable of fascinating and repelling at the same time.

Cailet wanted badly to laugh at her, to unbalance her further, but she was too busy repelling another assault by Jored.

Furius and Valerius, having set out from the city to Sutrium, found one part of the town already taken by the Etrurians, and on the other part, the approaches to which were barricaded, the townsmen with difficulty repelling the assault of the enemy.

During June and July they had been mainly engaged in repelling German attacks on the Chemin des Dames, though Gouraud, who succeeded Anthoine in the Champagne command, secured some valuable local gains on the Moronvillers heights.

The English, still content with repelling their invasions, and chasing them back into their mountains, had never pursued the advantages obtained over them, nor been able, even under their greatest and most active princes, to fix a total, or so much as a feudal subjection on the country.

Finally, that the intent of the President of the United States, already developed, to invade our soil, capture our forts, blockade our ports, and wage war against us, rendered it necessary to raise means to a much larger amount than had been done, to defray the expenses of maintaining independence and repelling invasion.

Confederate States, yet in their infancy, and themselves engaged in an unequal struggle for existence, by act of their Congress declared that, if Missouri was engaged in repelling a lawless invasion of her territory by armed forces, it was their right and duty to aid the people and government of said State in resisting such invasion, and in securing the means and the opportunity of expressing their will upon all questions affecting their rights and liberties.

They answered with alacrity, and always bore themselves gallantly, more than once repelling the enemy in the open field.

The painful and even dangerous rite of circumcision was alone capable of repelling a willing proselyte from the door of the synagogue.

Yet the frequent expeditions of John the Handsome may be justified, at least in their principle, by the necessity of repelling the Turks from the Hellespont and the Bosphorus.

Fumbling, he turned on the talisman, and the sweet repelling energy coursed through him.