Definition of repulsive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌlsɪv/


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, 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;
ugly, as ugly as sin, hideous, grotesque, gruesome, unsightly, reptilian;
North American  vomitous
informal ghastly, horrible, horrid, God-awful, gross, putrid, sick-making, sick, yucky, icky, fugly
British informal beastly
Northern Irish informal bogging
North American informal skanky
New Zealand informal huckery
literary noisome
archaic disgustful, scurvy, loathly
rare rebarbative
2Relating to repulsion between physical objects.
3 archaic Lacking friendliness or sympathy.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌlsɪvli/
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: /rɪˈpʌlsɪvnəs/
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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Line breaks: re|pul¦sive

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