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1rebuke

verb re·buke \ri-ˈbyük\

: to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone)

re·bukedre·buk·ing

Full Definition of REBUKE

transitive verb
1
a :  to criticize sharply :  reprimand
b :  to serve as a rebuke to
2
:  to turn back or keep down :  check
re·buk·er noun

Examples of REBUKE

  1. <the father was forced to rebuke his son for the spendthrift ways he had adopted since arriving at college>
  2. <strongly rebuked the girl for playing with matches>

Origin of REBUKE

Middle English, from Anglo-French rebucher, rebouker to blunt, check, reprimand
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of REBUKE

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.

2rebuke

noun

Definition of REBUKE

:  an expression of strong disapproval :  reprimand

Examples of REBUKE

  1. <delivered a stinging rebuke to the Congress, calling for an end to backstabbing and arguing>

First Known Use of REBUKE

15th century
REBUKE Defined for Kids

1rebuke

verb re·buke \ri-ˈbyük\
re·bukedre·buk·ing

Definition of REBUKE for Kids

:  to criticize severely <She was rebuked for being late.>

2rebuke

noun

Definition of REBUKE for Kids

:  an expression of strong disapproval

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