repulse

Part of speech: verb

To beat or drive back; repel.

Part of speech: noun

The act of repulsing; rejection; refusal.

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Usage examples "repulse":

  1. Had they done so at that particular moment immediately after the repulse, it would have been awkward; but in that case he had given orders for the advance of Hood's division and M'Laws's on the right. - "Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863", Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle.
  2. Yet she did not want to repulse him. - "The Old Wives' Tale", Arnold Bennett.
  3. It is lamentable, however, to be obliged to confess, that ill conduct on the part of some parties, but of one individual in particular, contributed in no small degree to our repulse on this melancholy occasion. - "Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade", William Surtees.