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rebuke

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verb re·buke \ri-ˈbyük\

Simple Definition of rebuke

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

Full Definition of rebuke

re·bukedre·buk·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to criticize sharply :  reprimand b :  to serve as a rebuke to

  3. 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>.

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rebuke

noun re·buke

Definition of rebuke

  1. :  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>



15th Century

First Known Use of rebuke

15th century



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