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  • 1Arousing intense distaste or disgust.

    ‘a repulsive smell’
    • ‘It is perhaps the most disgusting, grotesque and repulsive thing ever shown on television.’
    • ‘Cronenberg fashions a remake of the cheesy 1958 original that is by turns funny, poignant, repulsive, and intense.’
    • ‘They've all done things that are repulsive and disgusting, and each one is probably haunted by that.’
    • ‘Both these views of what Karl Marx called ‘the ugly revolution, the repulsive revolution’ were subsequently published as engravings in the periodical L' Illustration.’
    • ‘A long sequence set in a park, in which Walter loses his willpower and sparks a somewhat risqué dialogue with a young girl, becomes increasingly nauseating and repulsive as it continues.’
    • ‘Whilst we gained a sense of Caliban's non-humanness, we lost much sense of him as a gross, repulsive creature.’
    • ‘It's jarring and offensive and leaves one with nothing but repulsive images that linger on afterwards.’
    • ‘After overcoming the natural reluctance to confront those in power, students began to comment, telling their presenters just how repulsive, immoral, and disgusting the idea was.’
    • ‘he knows this is repulsive and that's why he comes out with it).’
    • ‘One of the final panels proffers Der Führer's personal opinion of his adversary: ‘He is an utterly amoral, repulsive creature.’’
    • ‘As Power points out, this was a morally repulsive and even ‘maddening’ conception, although it accurately reflected political realities.’
    • ‘Others felt that the portrait was rather repulsive.’
    • ‘It i s mildly repulsive in its crude vulgarity, but strangely and inexplicably alluring.’
    • ‘Killing a human being is always a repulsive act, but at times it is unavoidable, as in self-defense, or in war.’
    • ‘However, by the time he arrives it's becoming clear to Preston and the audience alike exactly how repulsive a mindset the Clerics? one is.’
    • ‘Story wise, it's Mr. Bean, perhaps a little gentler and less repulsive than Rowan Atkinson in the flesh, but very very funny.’
    • ‘There are lots of these scriptwriting guides around - all repulsive and attractive at the same time.’
    • ‘The ads for the new acid blockers like Tagamet, I think, are quite repulsive.’
    • ‘She is always slightly repulsive, and that is why I wanted those puppies to look miserable.’
    revolting, disgusting, abhorrent, repellent, repugnant, offensive, objectionable, vile, foul, nasty, loathsome, sickening, nauseating, stomach-churning, stomach-turning, hateful, detestable, execrable, abominable, monstrous, appalling, reprehensible, deplorable, insufferable, intolerable, despicable, contemptible, beyond the pale, unspeakable, noxious, horrendous, heinous, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, unsavoury, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, dislikeable, off-putting, uninviting, displeasing
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  • 2Relating to repulsion between physical objects.

  • 3 archaic Lacking friendliness or sympathy.



/rəˈpəlsiv/ /rəˈpəlsɪv/