AskDefine | Define repulsive

Dictionary Definition

repulsive adj
1 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" [syn: abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant]
2 possessing the ability to repel; "a repulsive force" [syn: repulsive(a)] [ant: attractive(a)]
3 so extremely ugly as to be terrifying; "a hideous scar"; "a repulsive mask" [syn: hideous]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

repulse + -ive

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. tending to rouse aversion or to repulse
  2. In the context of "physics": having the capacity to repel

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

(physics) having the capacity to repel

Extensive Definition

Repulsion is a feeling of disgust or very strong dislike
Repulsion may also refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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