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REPULSE, noun repuls'. [Latin repulsa, from repello; re and pello, to drive.]

1. A being checked in advancing, or driven back by force. The enemy met with a repulse and retreated.

2. Refusal; denial.

REPULSE, verb transitive repuls'. [Latin repulsus, repello.]

To repel; to beat or drive back as, to repulse an assailant or advancing enemy.