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re·pulse / riˈpəls/ • v. [tr.] 1. drive back (an attack or attacking enemy) by force: rioters tried to storm ministry buildings but were repulsed by police. ∎  fail to welcome (friendly advances or the person making them); rebuff: she left, feeling hurt because she had been repulsed. ∎  refuse to accept (an offer): his bid for the company was repulsed.2. (usu. be repulsed) cause (someone) to feel intense distaste and aversion: audiences at early screenings of the film were repulsed by its brutality.• n. the action of driving back an attacking force or of being driven back: the repulse of the invaders. ∎  a discouraging response to friendly advances: his evasion of her plan had been another repulse.