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as in:  she found him repulsive

The tribe elders find American culture as shown in Hollywood films to be immoral and repulsive.
  to cause psychological aversion or disgust
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repulsive repulsion
Strongly Associated with:   repulse
When referring to disgust in the past tense, you should used repelled — not repulsed.
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  • The tribe elders find American culture as shown in Hollywood films to be immoral and repulsive.
  • She described some of his policy positions as repulsive.
  • I won’t even tell you what they did to him—it’s too repulsive—but he still wouldn’t take it back, old James Castle.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • ’And what a repulsive boy,’ said Grandma Georgina.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • You stupid, repulsive demon.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I look at her, waiting for her to defend her repulsive behavior, but she’s just staring at the table in front of her.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • It was almost as if"Bluh-huh-huh," Minho groaned, a shudder of repulsion, like he’d just stepped in a pile of klunk.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • A ghastly thing that is no less repulsive because they were told to do it by the people they did it to.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Sometimes I feel my skin must be hot with repulsion and with the effort to keep that repulsion hidden.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He saw Magdalena twist and writhe, becoming something hideous, tentacled and repulsive, before shivering away to ashes with a scream.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • TVP was a repulsive reconstituted soy powder that someone back in the kitchen would fruitlessly try to make edible.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The concept of burying the dead had initially struck him as repulsive, but there hadn’t seemed to be any alternative.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • They were both holding dry washcloths over their noses and eyeing Cinder with a mixture of repulsion and fear.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Kit recoiled, as much from his angry tone as from the repulsive words.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Dorian crossed his arms, swallowing his repulsion.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • That noise is pure repulsive.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • "Maybe if I weren’t so repulsive-looking—maybe if I were pretty like you—"
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • When she finally got there, Mom hugged Belle and told her, "I owe you," like I was some repulsive burden instead of the person who had very helpfully unpacked three boxes of green bananas and scoured the refrigerated section for expired dairy items.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • Bod looked up at the city, and was horrified: an emotion engulfed him that mingled repulsion and fear, disgust and loathing, all tinged with shock.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I went from recital clothes to recovery clothes to repulsive clothes.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Older men are not as repulsive as you seem to think.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • In the pale light she could slowly make out the huge bruise on Wanda’s cheek; it was repulsive, reminding Sophie of mashed purple grapes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We don’t find any of the things in the building repulsive.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Repulsive doesn’t begin to describe what was going on with his mouth.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "Of course, after they discover that Dr. Montgomery is dead, they’ll wonder what became of those repulsive orphans he had lying around the house.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • When his fingers close over the bare skin of my wrist, I feel nothing but repulsion.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The rats here are particularly repulsive, they are so fat—the kind we all call corpse-rats.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • If physical slavery is repulsive, how much more repulsive is the concept of servility of the spirit?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I grabbed the most repulsive one I could find, Annabeth snatched the boom box, and together we ran back outside.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Think of what she is herself (now I am repulsive and you abominate me).
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Her pretty face was more repulsive than ever.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • How fat Giles is getting, he looks quite repulsive beside Maxim.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He was, as the inspector had said, extremely dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its repulsive ugliness.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • My neighbour struck me as bordering on repulsive; I knew, through experience, that I was tolerably attractive.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • M. Krempe was a little squat man with a gruff voice and a repulsive countenance; the teacher, therefore, did not prepossess me in favour of his pursuits.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was answered by another Jew: younger than Fagin, but nearly as vile and repulsive in appearance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I pull a slimy arrow from the sheath and try to position it on the bowstring but instead of one string I see three and the stench from the stings is so repulsive I can’t do it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And had never let those words leak out, those foul, filthy, frightful, repulsive, revolting, unreasonable words.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He’s pretty repulsive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • With a tremor of repulsion, he understood.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It’s from the local stockyards, and is repulsive—smelly, bloody, and charred.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The mere suggestion of illness or wounds was to him not only horrifying, but even repulsive and rather disgusting.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • She knew better than to put stock in his repulsive looks, though.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When he stood up from the supper table at 124 and turned toward the stairs, nausea was first, then repulsion.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • I wasn’t going to let these two repulsive gods hurt my friends or burn up my grandparents.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Did I ever tell you that I once saw him, and shared your feeling of repulsion?
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • And how could even he love her if she were as repulsive as the song described? I moved ahead.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Pierre without greeting his wife whom he had not seen since his return—at that moment she was more repulsive to him than ever—entered the drawing room and seeing Anatole went up to him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • When I had the whole story, I would find someoneľa different Seeker, maybe, one less repulsive than the one assigned to meľand pass the information along.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand, and had long ago fallen away, leaving a bare and harsh outline, which might have been repulsive had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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