repel has definitions from the field of military
1
[ verb ] cause to move back by force or influence

Examples

"repel the enemy" "push back the urge to smoke" "beat back the invaders"

Used in print

(Paul Ramsey, War and the Christian Conscience. Durham,...)

Yet it seems clear that there can be no good sufficiently great , or evil repelled sufficiently grave , to warrant the destruction of mankind by man 's own action .

Not to repel injury and uphold and improve pax-ordo means not simply to accept the misshapen order and injustice that challenges it at the moment , but also to start down the steep slope along which justice can find no place whereon to stand .

The only contrary action , in_the_future as in_the_past , runs the risk of war ; and , now and in_the_future unlike in_the_past , any attempt to repel injury and to preserve any particular civilized attainment of mankind or its provisional justice runs some risk of nuclear warfare and the danger that an effect of_it will , by human_action , render this planet less habitable by the human_race .

(Sexology, 28:1...)

She learns how to relax them to accept - instead of contracting them to repel the entering object .

2
[ verb ] (military) force or drive back

Examples

"repel the attacker" "fight off the onslaught" "rebuff the attack"

Used in print

(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

This comes_out in `` When_the_Bells_Ring '' , which describes the rallying of the peasants in southern Sweden to repel an invasion by the Danes .

Related terms

fight rebuff

3
[ verb ] be repellent to; cause aversion in

Synonyms

repulse

Used in print

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

In the vases this spirit may perhaps at_times bore or repel one in its internal self-satisfaction , but the best of the Geometric pins have rightly been considered among the most beautiful ever made in the Greek world .

4
[ verb ] reject outright and bluntly

Synonyms

rebuff snub brush_off

Examples

"She snubbed his proposal"

Related terms

reject rebuff

5
[ verb ] fill with distaste

Examples

"This foul language disgusts me"

Related terms

stimulate sicken disgust

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