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Examples of rebuff in a Sentence
Our suggestion was immediately rebuffed.
The company rebuffed the bid.
She rebuffed him when he asked her for a date.
Recent Examples of rebuff from the Web
The council rebuffed the traditional public districts and annexed the land, which was owned by an investment company, allowing Way's firm to build the campus.
In Kabul, the capital, a group of insurgents milling in the streets was heard shouting ‘‘Death to America’’ after the truce extension was rebuffed, according to a video posted on social media by Afghan journalists.
France’s reluctance to make any offer to Mr. Trump with a gun to the EU’s head and opposition to any new trade negotiation that includes agriculture or industrial tariffs has only hardened now that the EU has been rebuffed.
The Police Federation, a staff association for police in England and Wales, has also asked the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority to intervene, but that effort has reportedly been rebuffed.
Snap is the most prominent example; after Snap rebuffed Facebook’s attempts to buy the firm in 2013, for $3bn, Facebook cloned many of its successful features and has put a damper on its growth.
The panel noted that the state Supreme Court had rebuffed Kane on that score even before her conviction.
But late last week, those hopes were all but thrown away after the President rebuffed a bipartisan plan that would have addressed those four main issues.
The suggestion has been firmly rebuffed by both groups.
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Did You Know?
Occurring frequently in news articles and headlines, rebuff derives (via Middle French rebuffer) from Old Italian ribuffare, meaning "to reprimand," and ultimately from the imitative verb buffare, meaning "to puff." (You might guess that the verb buff, meaning "to polish," is a "buffare" descendant, but it is actually unrelated.) A similar word, "rebuke," shares the "criticize" sense of "rebuff," but not the "reject" sense (one can rebuke another's actions or policies, but one does not rebuke the advances of another, for example). Like "rebuke," "rebuff" can also be used as a noun, as in "His proposal was met with a stern rebuff from the Board of Trustees."
REBUFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rebuff for English Language Learners
: to refuse (something, such as an offer or suggestion) in a rude way
REBUFF Defined for Kids
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