repulsive Definition

  • 1causing intense disgust or dislike
  • 2tending to repel, esp. by coldness and discourtesy

Using repulsive: Examples

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

  • Example

    The smell of the garbage was repulsive.

  • Example

    I find his behavior towards women repulsive.

  • Example

    The idea of eating insects is repulsive to many people.

repulsive Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with repulsive

  • repulsive force

    a force that pushes objects away from each other


    The magnets have a repulsive force that keeps them apart.

  • a person who has an unpleasant or offensive personality


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

  • behavior that is disgusting or offensive


    His repulsive behavior towards animals was reported to the authorities.

Origins of repulsive

from Latin 'repulsivus', meaning 'driving back'


Summary: repulsive in Brief

The term 'repulsive' [rɪˈpʌlsɪv] describes something that causes intense disgust or dislike. It can also refer to behavior that is cold and discourteous. Examples include 'The smell of the garbage was repulsive' and 'I find his behavior towards women repulsive.' Synonyms include 'disgusting' and 'revolting,' while antonyms include 'attractive' and 'appealing.'

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