Repulse Re*pulse", n. [L. repulsa, fr. repellere, repulsum.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back. [1913 Webster]

By fate repelled, and with repulses tired. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

He received in the repulse of Tarquin seven hurts in the body. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Repulse — may refer to:* HMS Repulse, several ships of the Royal Navy * Repulse Bay at Southern District, Hong Kong * Repulse Bay Airport at Nunavut, Canada * Repulse Bay, Nunavut, a city at Nunavut, Canada that supports airports See also * Repulsion… …   Wikipedia

  • Repulse — Re*pulse (r? p?ls ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repulsed} ( p?lst ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repulsing}.] [L. repulsus, p. p. of repellere. See {Repel}.] 1. To repel; to beat or drive back; as, to repulse an assault; to repulse the enemy. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repulse — [n] snub; rejection brush off*, check, cold shoulder*, defeat, disappointment, failure, nix*, nothing doing*, rebuff, refusal, reverse, slap in the face*, spurning, thumbs down*, turndown; concepts 388,674 Ant. attraction, enchantment repulse… …   New thesaurus

  • repulse — I verb beat back, beat off, chase, check, counteract, countervail, defeat, dispel, drive away, drive back, eschew, fend off, frustrate, gainsay, grapple with, hinder, impede, keep at bay, make a stand, obstruct, oppose, oppugn, overthrow,… …   Law dictionary

  • repulse — 1530s, n. and v., originally in Bellenden s Livy, from L. repulsus, pp. of repellere (see REPULSION (Cf. repulsion)). Related: Repulsed; repulsing …   Etymology dictionary

  • repulse — ► VERB 1) drive back (an attacking enemy) by force. 2) rebuff or refuse to accept. 3) cause to feel intense distaste or disgust. ► NOUN ▪ the action or an instance of repulsing or being repulsed. ORIGIN from Latin repellere, from pellere to drive …   English terms dictionary

  • repulse — [ri puls′] vt. repulsed, repulsing [< L repulsus, pp. of repellere,REPEL] 1. to drive back; repel, as an attack 2. to repel with discourtesy, coldness, indifference, etc.; refuse, reject, or rebuff 3. to be repulsive, or disgusting, to n. [L… …   English World dictionary

  • Repulse — Die britische Royal Navy besaß insgesamt 12 Schiffe mit dem Namen HMS Repulse Die erste HMS Repulse war eine 50 Kanonen Galeone, auch bekannt als Due Repulse, 1595 vom Stapel gelaufen und in den Listen noch bis 1645 geführt Die zweite HMS Repulse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • repulse — repulser, n. /ri puls /, v., repulsed, repulsing, n. v.t. 1. to drive back; repel: to repulse an assailant. 2. to repel with denial, discourtesy, or the like; refuse or reject. 3. to cause feelings of repulsion in: The scenes of violence in the… …   Universalium

  • repulse — UK [rɪˈpʌls] / US verb [transitive] Word forms repulse : present tense I/you/we/they repulse he/she/it repulses present participle repulsing past tense repulsed past participle repulsed formal 1) to force an army or other group of people to move… …   English dictionary

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