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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
Curtis added that when council members inquired about office space and stipends, they were rebuffed.
Kobach repeatedly rebuffed his Democratic opponent’s calls to release his tax returns in the 2014 secretary of state’s race and disclose his income from sources outside his official duties.
French President Emmanuel Macron rebuffed Trump over the issue yesterday.
The Cowboys called the league in hopes of being allowed to have seven captains, one more than the league maximum of six, but were rebuffed.
Barcelona were continuously rebuffed in their attempts to lure the unsettled Coutinho to Catalonia in the summer window, but have not given up hope on capturing the Brazilian playmaker.
Earlier this year, the defense was rebuffed in an effort to prove that Trump had unfairly swayed the case.
Kurdish officials had planned to send a delegation to Baghdad on Wednesday to discuss the issue, but the offer was rebuffed.
Attempts to paint a more complete picture of Ben Tillman, the violent post-Reconstruction governor and senator, at his monument at the South Carolina state house have been rebuffed over the last few years.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of rebuff
First Known Use: circa 1586See Words from the same year
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