rebuke

verb
re·​buke | \ ri-ˈbyük How to pronounce rebuke (audio) \
rebuked; rebuking

Definition of rebuke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to criticize sharply : reprimand
b : to serve as a rebuke to
2 archaic : to turn back or keep down : check

rebuke

noun

Definition of rebuke (Entry 2 of 2)

: an expression of strong disapproval : reprimand

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Verb

rebuker noun

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Verb

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

Examples of rebuke in a Sentence

Verb the father was forced to rebuke his son for the spendthrift ways he had adopted since arriving at college strongly rebuked the girl for playing with matches Noun delivered a stinging rebuke to the Congress, calling for an end to backstabbing and arguing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The reluctance of the justices to take on such a politically fraught issue prompted Thomas to rebuke his colleagues in 2018. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court declines to hear host of gun rights cases," 15 June 2020 These acts further erode his already tenuous position, prompting church leaders to rebuke him, and decorated generals to question his fitness for office. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "An American Spring of Reckoning," 14 June 2020 Brees' teammate and favorite target on the field, star wide receiver Michael Thomas, also chimed in to rebuke his own quarterback. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Drew Brees says he will "never agree" with players kneeling during national anthem," 4 June 2020 As American cities convulse with protests, U.S. adversaries are taking advantage of the situation on social media to advance their agendas and rebuke U.S. government officials, according to a report released Wednesday. Alyza Sebenius, Bloomberg.com, "Iran, China Use Twitter to Bash U.S. for Protest Hypocrisy," 3 June 2020 The Republican Party in Montana swiftly rebuked him. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump bashes Democratic rivals during pre-Super Bowl show," 2 Feb. 2020 When Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro appeared onstage at a rally for President Trump last year, Fox publicly rebuked them. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Fox News personalities continue to stump for GOP candidates," 3 Dec. 2019 Now, amid myriad concerns, his base is rebuking him. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uncertain fate of the San Fernando Valley’s last remaining commercial citrus grove," 16 Aug. 2019 The experiment wouldn’t be permitted in the U.S. Scientists and doctors in China and abroad swiftly rebuked Dr. He after the Associated Press first reported the news of the births on Monday. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Chinese Scientist Claims World’s First Genetically Modified Babies," 26 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As President Trump faces bipartisan rebuke for suggesting the election be delayed and undermining mail-in voting, Hogan is under withering criticism — and facing open revolt — from rank-and-file poll workers in his state. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Hogan says he tried to expand access to voting. Instead, he sparked a revolt.," 1 Aug. 2020 The messages led Mayor Ted Wheeler to issue a public rebuke Thursday, demanding people in the community who are involved to stop immediately. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty receives flood of racist messages amid racial justice movement," 31 July 2020 This Canadian rebuke — and Trudeau’s snub of Trump — come just days after the European Union opened its borders to 15 travel partners, including Canada, while pointedly omitting the United States. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Justin Trudeau's refusal to travel to the U.S. to meet Trump was a pointed rebuke," 8 July 2020 Lane on Monday added to his rebuke of Phillips, calling for the councilman to resign. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips says he won't resign following backlash to 'I can't breathe' comments," 1 July 2020 The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Court rejects Trump bid to end DACA program for young immigrants," 18 June 2020 On Sunday night, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms offered a very strong rebuke of the actions that took Secoriea’s life. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Reward Offered For Information In Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Atlanta Girl," 6 July 2020 Following the publication of this story, Jones tweeted out a rebuke of the Daily Beast report. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Van Jones hyped Trump policing executive order on CNN without disclosing he helped craft it: Report," 29 June 2020 The bid, which would entail eliminating six units from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, earned a sharp rebuke from County Sheriff Alex Villanueva over the weekend. Fox News, "Los Angeles proposes slashing law enforcement budget, including elimination of Special Victims Bureau," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of rebuke

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebuke

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French rebucher, rebouker to blunt, check, reprimand

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The first known use of rebuke was in the 14th century

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22 Jul 2020

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“Rebuke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebuke. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for rebuke

rebuke

verb
How to pronounce rebuke (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rebuke

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

rebuke

verb
re·​buke | \ ri-ˈbyük How to pronounce rebuke (audio) \
rebuked; rebuking

Kids Definition of rebuke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to criticize severely She was rebuked for being late.

rebuke

noun

Kids Definition of rebuke (Entry 2 of 2)

: an expression of strong disapproval

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