Antonyms for repel

Grammar : Verb
Spell : ri-pel
Phonetic Transcription : rɪˈpɛl

Definition of repel

Origin :
  • early 15c., "to drive away, remove," from Old French repeller or directly from Latin repellere "to drive back," from re- "back" (see re-) + pellere "to drive, strike" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817. Related: Repelled; repelling.
  • verb push away; repulse
  • verb induce aversion
Example sentences :
  • But the shock was insufficient to repel the impetus of the charge.
  • Extract from : « The Last of the Mohicans » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Or did the horror of the men at the sight of him wound and repel him?
  • Extract from : « A Dish Of Orts » by George MacDonald
  • Energetic measures were, however, adopted to repel the attack.
  • Extract from : « Graham's Magazine, Vol. XXXII No. 4, April 1848 » by Various
  • We see the noble afar off and they repel us; why should we intrude?
  • Extract from : « Essays, First Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Something that he could not repel since it had no substance he could grapple with.
  • Extract from : « The Sea-Hawk » by Raphael Sabatini
  • Its duty there was to repel any attempt that might be made to capture the battery.
  • Extract from : « Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman » by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • If she could repel Madame Beattie's insinuation, it must mean she had something on her side.
  • Extract from : « The Prisoner » by Alice Brown
  • The fruit acid of Earth to repel these invaders—it doesn't sound possible.
  • Extract from : « Acid Bath » by Vaseleos Garson
  • The people looked to their rulers to repel the invaders; the rulers looked to the people.
  • Extract from : « The Soul of a People » by H. Fielding
  • I repel the imputation that our race, as a class, is lazy and slothful.
  • Extract from : « Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading » by Various

Synonyms for repel

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