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  • 1A feeling of intense distaste or disgust.

    ‘people talk about the case with a mixture of fascination and repulsion’
    • ‘I think we have to distinguish those narratives which crudely manipulate fear or repulsion and disgust from that which Lovecraft correctly calls ‘the weird tale’.’
    • ‘The mixture of repulsion, fear, fascination, and reassurance conjured up by Moki Snake Dance speaks to both the voyeuristic appeal of the ceremony and the comforting distance provided spectators by the moving picture apparatus.’
    • ‘As an object of fascination and repulsion to the two men who represent the center of authority in their respective narratives, Carmen spells a threatening other, a dark figure that resists assimilation and endangers masculine power.’
    • ‘The road has a specific morbid relevance to Howie; it's where his mother was killed, and its concrete expanses hold both repulsion and fascination for him.’
    • ‘The fundamental ambiguity of the love/hate, attraction / repulsion toward the other ultimately reveals the barbaric and primitive side hidden behind the cultured and civilized mask.’
    • ‘In this work, Geers has plastered a wall with broken green glass bottles stuck in cement in an aggressive statement of repulsion.’
    • ‘For instance, Prokofiev's boringly patriotic 1945 opera adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace was taken as using the dramatic defeat of Napoleon in 1812 as an allegory for the Red Army's recent repulsion of the Nazis.’
    • ‘And the almost unbelievable pitch at which the cultural obsession operates in the story is an indication of the disastrous repulsion of the other, more centrally human curiosities.’
    • ‘The fans are filled with repulsion for everybody concerned, and feel excluded from what negotiation has taken place.’
    • ‘As in her previous work, Farnsworth explores dichotomies of biology and technology, self and other and repulsion and desire, through abrupt juxtapositions of disparate forms and materials.’
    • ‘The interior of the body exposed, this kind of weird attraction / repulsion thing we have towards the body.’
    • ‘Connolly has a deep-seated fascination with (and, equally clearly, a repulsion from) the corporate world.’
    • ‘The love/hate scenario replayed in all the versions of the Carmen myth reflects the simultaneous repulsion and attraction toward the other.’
    • ‘Michael watched in repulsion as all five of them slowly raised their hands.’
    • ‘Even so, the very thought of such self-inflicted personal injury leaves many people with a sense of disbelief and repulsion.’
    • ‘Alcaeus directed her gaze to Lena for just a moment, his gaze full of repulsion.’
    • ‘It subsumes both the movements of empathy and of repulsion toward an object implicit in pity and fear.’
    • ‘Whatever the truth, the repulsion felt at that decade can tar even the most innocent.’
    • ‘A look of repulsion for the sickening display of uncontrolled emotion and loud drunkenness was plastered on his clean-shaven face.’
    • ‘I do not have a moral repulsion to this disturbing choice made by the film-makers.’
    disgust, revulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, nausea, loathing, horror, hatred, detestation, aversion, abomination, distaste, antipathy, dislike, contempt, odium
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  • 2Physics
    A force under the influence of which objects tend to move away from each other, e.g. through having the same magnetic polarity or electric charge.

    ‘bond lengths are increased due to increasing repulsion between the atoms’
    • ‘Second, the sociological notion of a ‘field’ also evokes physics, which identifies vectors of attraction and repulsion associated with forces in a magnetic field.’
    • ‘Scientists suggest electrostatic repulsion between ring particles may play a role, perhaps levitating finer particles above the main ring structure.’
    • ‘The film details the dynamics of both their attraction to and repulsion from one another with an unusual degree of sensitivity.’



/rəˈpəlSH(ə)n/ /rəˈpəlʃ(ə)n/