verb \ri-ˈbyük\

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


Full Definition of REBUKE

transitive verb
a :  to criticize sharply :  reprimand
b :  to serve as a rebuke to
:  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



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


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