[ US /ɹiˈpəɫsɪv/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪpˈʌlsɪv/ ]
  1. offensive to the mind
    the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee
    repulsive behavior
    the most repulsive character in recent novels
    morally repugnant customs
    an abhorrent deed
  2. possessing the ability to repel
    a repulsive force
  3. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
    a hideous scar
    a repulsive mask
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How To Use repulsive In A Sentence

  • The pretreatment by transition metal cations helps to adsorb DNA on mica because it neutralizes the mica surface charge and then weakens the repulsive pressure.
  • He stared at the object of discourse , as one might do at a strange repulsive animal.
  • The central character is the author's most repulsive anti-hero yet. Times, Sunday Times
  • His films, as a result, are often repulsive; yet they contain the occasional flash of genius that may redeem the more unpalatable aspects of his work.
  • The discovery of the repulsive, anti - gravitational force of dark energy is explained.
  • One of the final panels proffers Der Führer's personal opinion of his adversary: ‘He is an utterly amoral, repulsive creature.’
  • It's a show-stopping performance combining repulsive extremity with utter conviction. Times, Sunday Times
  • In total, they told me not much more than I already knew, except that Olympia was twice described as a 'jockette', a word I somehow found repulsive. Longshot
  • A repulsive van der Waals term is slowly introduced after an initial delay of up to 80% of the original values.
  • It was a cruel drawback to her hopes to see him first thus in public: but the manner of Mrs. Arlbery at the hotel, he had thought repulsive; he had observed that she seemed offended with him since the rencounter at the breakfast given for Miss Dennel; and he now wished for some encouragement for renewing his rights to the acquaintance. Camilla
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