repulse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin repellere (to drive back), from re- (back) + pellere (to drive).

For spelling, as in pulse, the -e (on -lse) is so the end is pronounced /ls/, rather than /lz/ as in pulls, and does not change the vowel (‘u’). Compare else, false, convulse.

Verb[edit]

repulse (third-person singular simple present repulses, present participle repulsing, simple past and past participle repulsed)

  1. to repel or drive back
    to repulse an assault; to repulse the enemy
  2. to reject or rebuff
    to repulse a suitor
  3. to cause revulsion

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Noun[edit]

repulse (plural repulses)

  1. the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed
  2. refusal, rejection or repulsion

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

repulse

  1. third-person singular past historic of repellere

Noun[edit]

repulse f

  1. Plural of repulso

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

repulse

  1. vocative masculine singular of repulsus