—v.t. 1. to drive back; repel: to repulse an assailant. 2. to repel with denial, discourtesy, or the like; refuse or reject.
3. to cause feelings of repulsion in: The scenes of violence in the film may repulse some viewers.
—n. 1. the act of repelling.
2. the fact of being repelled, as in hostile encounter.
3. a refusal or rejection.