Definition of repulsive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈpəlsiv/


1Arousing intense distaste or disgust: a repulsive smell
More example sentences
  • 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.
revolting, disgusting, abhorrent, repellent, repugnant, offensive, objectionable, vile, foul, nasty, loathsome, sickening, nauseating, hateful, detestable, execrable, abominable, monstrous, noxious, horrendous, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, unsavory, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful;
ugly, hideous, grotesque
informal ghastly, horrible, horrid, gross
vulgar slang fugly
literary noisome, loathly
1.1 archaic Lacking friendliness or sympathy.
2Relating to repulsion between physical objects.



Pronunciation: /rəˈpəlsivlē/
Example sentences
  • The judge told Wilson he behaved repulsively by taking the man's money knowing that he would be unable to pay it back.
  • The weather is getting repulsively hot today.
  • Gabrielle paused and looked at me shrewdly and repulsively.


Pronunciation: /rəˈpəlsivnəs/
Example sentences
  • In proportion as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.
  • Here's our short ten worst list, in order of repulsiveness.
  • Their repulsiveness was part of their glamour.

Words that rhyme with repulsive

compulsive, convulsive, impulsive, propulsive

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Syllabification: re·pul·sive

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