"repulse" in the noun sense
1. rebuff, snub, repulse
an instance of driving away or warding off
"repulse" in the verb sense
1. repel, repulse, fight off, rebuff, drive back
force or drive back
"repel the attacker"
"fight off the onslaught"
"rebuff the attack"
2. repel, repulse
be repellent to cause aversion in
3. repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back
cause to move back by force or influence
"repel the enemy"
"push back the urge to smoke"
"beat back the invaders"
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