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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of repellere; REPEL


Related topics: Defence
re‧pulse [transitive] formal
1 if something or someone repulses you, you think that they are extremely unpleasant [= disgust]:
The very thought of his cold clammy hands repulsed me.
2PMD to fight someone and successfully stop their attack on you:
Government troops repulsed an attack by rebel forces.
3 to refuse an offer of friendship or help in a way that is rude
repulse noun [singular]

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