repellent

How can you tell that something is repellent? You dislike it so much, you want nothing to do with it. If something is repellent, it is highly offensive or disgusting.

To correctly pronounce repellent, accent the second syllable: "ruh-PELL-unt." Being repellent is sometimes a good thing, like when you're camping — your water-repellent tent gets you through a rainstorm and bug repellent keeps you free of itchy bites. The word originates from the Old French word repeller, meaning "to drive away, remove."

Definitions of repellent
  1. adjective
    serving or tending to repel
    “I find his obsequiousness repellent
    synonyms: rebarbative, repellant
    unpleasant
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
  2. adjective
    incapable of absorbing or mixing with
    “a water- repellent fabric”
    synonyms: resistant
    nonabsorbent, nonabsorptive
    not capable of absorbing or soaking up (liquids)
  3. noun
    a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
    synonyms: repellant
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    type of:
    chemical compound, compound
    (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
  4. noun
    a chemical substance that repels animals
    synonyms: repellant
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    types:
    insect repellant, insect repellent, insectifuge
    a chemical substance that repels insects
    type of:
    chemical compound, compound
    (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
  5. noun
    the power to repel
    “she knew many repellents to his advances”
    synonyms: repellant
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    type of:
    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
  6. adjective
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    “the idea of eating meat is repellent to me”
    synonyms: disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky
    offensive
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
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