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repulse

verb uk   /rɪˈpʌls/ formal us  

repulse verb (PUSH AWAY)

[T] to push away or refuse something or someone unwanted, especially to successfully stop a physical attack against you: The enemy attack was quickly repulsed.Responding to an attackRefusing and rejecting

repulse verb (DISLIKE)

[T often passive] If something repulses you, it causes you to have a strong feeling of dislike, disapproval, or disgust: The tourists were repulsed by the filthy conditions.Inspiring dislikeSerious and unpleasant

repulse

noun [S or U] uk   /rɪˈpʌls/ formal or old-fashioned us  
the act of pushing someone or something unwanted away or of refusing them or itResponding to an attack
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