One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a repellent stench’
revolting, repulsive, disgusting, repugnant, sickening, nauseating, stomach-turning, stomach-churning, nauseous, emetic, vile, nasty, foul, appalling, abominable, hideous, horrible, awful, dreadful, terrible, obnoxious, loathsome, offensive, objectionable, off-putting, distasteful, disagreeable, uninviting
abhorrent, despicable, reprehensible, contemptible, odious, heinous, obscene, hateful, execrable
North American vomitous
informal sick-making, ghastly, putrid, horrid, God-awful, gross, gut-churning, yucky, icky, cringe-making
British informal beastly
Northern Irish informal bogging
archaic disgustful, loathly
2‘the detergent forms a repellent coating’
impermeable, impervious, resistant
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