Definition of repulsive in US English:



  • 1Arousing intense distaste or disgust.

    ‘a repulsive smell’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is always slightly repulsive, and that is why I wanted those puppies to look miserable.’
    • ‘The ads for the new acid blockers like Tagamet, I think, are quite repulsive.’
    • ‘They've all done things that are repulsive and disgusting, and each one is probably haunted by that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cronenberg fashions a remake of the cheesy 1958 original that is by turns funny, poignant, repulsive, and intense.’
    • ‘Story wise, it's Mr. Bean, perhaps a little gentler and less repulsive than Rowan Atkinson in the flesh, but very very funny.’
    • ‘It i s mildly repulsive in its crude vulgarity, but strangely and inexplicably alluring.’
    • ‘Others felt that the portrait was rather repulsive.’
    • ‘One of the final panels proffers Der Führer's personal opinion of his adversary: ‘He is an utterly amoral, repulsive creature.’’
    • ‘he knows this is repulsive and that's why he comes out with it).’
    • ‘As Power points out, this was a morally repulsive and even ‘maddening’ conception, although it accurately reflected political realities.’
    • ‘Killing a human being is always a repulsive act, but at times it is unavoidable, as in self-defense, or in war.’
    • ‘There are lots of these scriptwriting guides around - all repulsive and attractive at the same time.’
    • ‘It is perhaps the most disgusting, grotesque and repulsive thing ever shown on television.’
    • ‘Both these views of what Karl Marx called ‘the ugly revolution, the repulsive revolution’ were subsequently published as engravings in the periodical L' Illustration.’
    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.

  • 3archaic Lacking friendliness or sympathy.