What does repulsive mean?

Definitions for repulsive
rɪˈpʌl sɪvre·pul·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsiveadjective

    offensive to the mind

    "an abhorrent deed"; "the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee"; "morally repugnant customs"; "repulsive behavior"; "the most repulsive character in recent novels"

  2. repulsive(a)adjective

    possessing the ability to repel

    "a repulsive force"

  3. hideous, repulsiveadjective

    so extremely ugly as to be terrifying

    "a hideous scar"; "a repulsive mask"


  1. repulsiveadjective

    tending to rouse aversion or to repulse

  2. repulsiveadjective

    having the capacity to repel

  3. Etymology: repulse + -ive

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Repulsiveadjective

    Driving off; having the power to beat back or drive off.

    Etymology: from repulse.

    The parts of the salt or vitriol recede from one another, and endeavour to expand themselves, and get as far asunder as the quantity of water, in which they float, will allow; and does not this endeavour imply, that they have a repulsive force by which they fly from one another, or that they attract the water more strongly than one another? Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. repulsive

    Repulsive generally refers to something that causes intense distaste or disgust. It can describe anything from physically unpleasant sights, odors, or tastes, to morally objectionable behaviors or attitudes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repulsiveadjective

    serving, or able, to repulse; repellent; as, a repulsive force

  2. Repulsiveadjective

    cold; forbidding; offensive; as, repulsive manners

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. rpulsif.]

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Anagrams for repulsive »

  1. prelusive

  2. pulverise

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repulsive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repulsive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of repulsive in a Sentence

  1. Amy Vanderbilt:

    Do not speak of repulsive matters at table.

  2. Charlotte Brontë:

    But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I hate the charge. I find it repulsive, i hate even the question because people that know me -- and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Benjamin Netanyahu, did you hear him, Bibi?

  4. Dana Hatch:

    I find women with well developed flesh very attractive. The scrawny little things doing commercials on my television set are slightly repulsive -- like famine victims.

  5. George Santayana:

    The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.

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