repellent Definition

  • 1a substance used to drive away insects or other pests
  • 2able to repel a particular thing; impervious to a particular substance

Using repellent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "repellent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The mosquito repellent kept the bugs away.

  • Example

    The fabric was treated with a water repellent coating.

  • Example

    His attitude was so repellent that no one wanted to be around him.

  • Example

    The idea of eating snails was repellent to her.

  • Example

    The smell of the garbage was absolutely repellent.

repellent Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with repellent

  • repellent force

    a force that pushes away or repels objects


    The magnets had a strong repellent force, causing them to push away from each other.

  • a type of spray that is used to keep insects and other pests away


    She sprayed herself with repellent before going on the hike.

  • a personality that is unattractive or unpleasant, causing others to avoid or dislike the person


    His repellent personality made it difficult for him to make friends.

Origins of repellent

from Latin 'repellere', meaning 'to drive back'


Summary: repellent in Brief

The term 'repellent' [rɪˈpɛlənt] refers to substances or things that are able to drive away or resist something. It can refer to insect repellent, water repellent, or even a repellent personality. 'Repellent' is often used to describe things that are unattractive or unpleasant, such as the smell of garbage or an unpleasant attitude.

How do native speakers use this expression?