AskDefine | Define repellent

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repellent adj
1 serving or tending to repel; "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent" [syn: rebarbative, repellant]
2 highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky]
3 incapable of absorbing or mixing with; "a water-repellent fabric"; "plastic highly resistant to steam and water" [syn: resistant]


1 a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water [syn: repellant]
2 a chemical substance that repels animals [syn: repellant]
3 the power to repel; "she knew many repellents to his advances" [syn: repellant]

User Contributed Dictionary



From repellens.


  1. tending or able to repel
  2. repulsive, inspiring aversion
  3. resistant or impervious to something


  1. someone who repels
  2. a substance used to repel insects
  3. a substance or treatment for a fabric etc to make it impervious to something


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