repel vs repulse : Common Errors in English

About repel vs repulse

In most of their meanings these are synonyms, but if you are disgusted by someone, you are repelled, not repulsed. The confusion is compounded by the fact that “repellent” and “repulsive” mean the same thing. Go figure.

repel Meaning(s)

  • (v) force or drive back
  • (v) cause to move back by force or influence
  • (v) be repellent to; cause aversion in
  • (v) reject outright and bluntly
  • (v) fill with distaste

repulse Meaning(s)

  • (v) force or drive back
  • (v) cause to move back by force or influence
  • (n) an instance of driving away or warding off
  • (v) be repellent to; cause aversion in

repel in News

  1. Niger security forces repel attack on police: defence minister

    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's security forces repelled an overnight assault by gunmen on a military police academy in the capital Niamey, the defence minister said on Wednesday, an attack likely to heighten concerns over the Islamist threat in the West African nation. The attack on the academy in Niamey's northern Koirategui suburb followed a June 1 assault on a prison in the capital, during which ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Alabama-Based CMR Demos Programmable Magnets That Changes Polarity And Strength On A Whim

    Magnets are pretty basic - some poles attract, some repel, and you can use them to hold stuff up on your fridge. However, what happens when magnets can be "programmed" to react in different ways? Huntsville, Ala.-based Correlated Magnetics Research has some magnets that can do some amazing - and slightly spooky - things.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: TechCrunch

  3. Mariner Biomedical is Providing Insect Repellent to The US Open Golf Tournament Held June 13-16, 2013 in Ardmore, PA

    Mariner Biomedical is providing 2,000 towelettes packaged in individual pouches containing Deter Insect Repellent®, a scientifically proven natural insect repellent, to participants of the 2013 US Open Golf Tournament. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

repulse in News

  • Jesse Daughter Born

    James and Suzanne (Lohmeyer) Jesse, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, announce the birth of a daughter, Sarabeth Hope Jesse. Born Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Matilda International Hospital, Hong Kong, she weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
    on June 29, 2013 Source: The Missourian

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