Repulsion is getting grossed out. If the thought of great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts makes you recoil in horror, then you've experienced repulsion, or an intense aversion to something.

Where there's repulsion, there's disgust. Maybe gagging. Perhaps a few screams. In physics, repulsion describes how two magnets with the same charge jump away from each other, kind of like how most of us leap from the table when mom puts down a plate of Brussels sprouts.

Definitions of repulsion
  1. noun
    the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
    synonyms: standoff
    see moresee less
    type of:
    a defensive effort
  2. noun
    the force by which bodies repel one another
    synonyms: repulsive force
    see moresee less
    attraction, attractive force
    the force by which one object attracts another
    type of:
    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  3. noun
    intense aversion
    synonyms: horror, repugnance, revulsion
    see moresee less
    type of:
    strong feelings of dislike
Word Family
F1 image

Express yourself in 25 languages

  • Learn immersively - no memorization required
  • Build skills for real-world conversations
  • Get immediate feedback on your pronunciation
Get started for $7.99/month