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In his mind he could see only the repulsive features of one of the others.

He was repulsive; he was stealthy, hard, cruel, in appearance.

It had grown to be repulsive, and he knew not how to fill the void in his life.

Tyndall was impressed again with the repulsive ugliness of the thing.

The eyes were mere dots of jet in a white and repulsive face.

There was nothing revolting here, no hint of repulsive idolatry.

For her sake he must do the thing, repulsive though it might be.

It seemed to him to combine the repulsive qualities of a spider and a toad.

The repulsive task of searching the recumbent figure now lay before him.

In fact that was just about what they were, and as foul and repulsive as the real article.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "able to repel," from Middle French repulsif (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin repulsivus, from repuls-, past participle stem of repellere (see repel). The sense of "causing disgust" is first recorded 1816. Related: Repulsively; repulsiveness.

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