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 Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is the symbol of a climate change generation gap, a girl rebuking adults for their inaction in preventing a future apocalypse. Wired, "The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis," 7 Nov. 2019 Fallout from a racial discrimination lawsuit continued to intensify for Founders Brewing as its diversity and inclusion director publicly rebuked the brewery while quitting and a prominent Chicago restaurant chain pledged to stop carrying the brand. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Founders fallout continues as brewery’s diversity director quits and Chicago chain drops brand from 18 restaurants," 25 Oct. 2019 In 2018, a New Mexico federal court rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for not considering the climate impacts of opening a national forest to drilling. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "As Trump Administration Downplays Warming, Agencies Chronicle Climate Impacts," 9 Oct. 2019 The Rockets’ owner, Tillman Fertita, no doubt feeling Chinese pressure, publicly rebuked Morey and clarified that the GM’s comments did not represent the view of the team or the NBA. A. G. Hamilton, National Review, "South Park Gives the NBA a Lesson in How to Stand Up to China," 8 Oct. 2019 Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the pope’s top adviser on abuse, and the Chilean government publicly rebuked the pope in a remarkable correction. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, "Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip," 22 Jan. 2018 There are those who rebuke Rapinoe, arguing sports and politics shouldn’t mix, but the two have always been inextricable. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Megan Rapinoe Is a Leader for Her Team, and Her Time," 29 June 2019 That statement caught blowblack from Democrats and Republicans alike, who rebuked the president for his willingness to accept foreign help. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "3 notable quotes from Trump’s ‘30 hours’ ABC interview," 17 June 2019 The Trump administration supposedly decided not to rebuke its ally for attempting to snoop. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Investors Clamor for Cloudflare IPO, Despite Controversies—Cyber Saturday," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another person in Hong Kong has died in protests that have convulsed the financial hub since June, a fatality that comes just after China’s leader issued his most direct rebuke of the unrest yet. Time Staff, Time, "70-Year-Old Man Dies in Hong Kong Protests as Xi Jinping Calls for an End to the Unrest," 15 Nov. 2019 In an unusual rebuke, the agency said in August that AveXis knew that preclinical data had been falsified before the drug was approved in May, but did not inform the Food and Drug Administration until later. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Novartis gene therapy brings in $160 million, beating expectations," 22 Oct. 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in a rare public rebuke of Trump, wrote a withering op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, just days after 129 House Republicans backed a resolution criticizing the president's move. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump reversed course on hosting of G-7 at his resort after learning that Republicans were tired of defending him," 21 Oct. 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in a rare public rebuke of Trump, wrote a withering op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, just days after 129 House Republicans backed a resolution criticizing the president’s move. David A. Fahrenthold, The Denver Post, "Trump reversed course on G-7 after learning that Republicans were tired of defending him," 20 Oct. 2019 In his latest rebuke of the Trump administration, Newsom signed a bill Friday that bans private prisons and immigrant detention facilities from operating in California. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Indigenous Peoples Day and a Democratic debate in the week ahead," 14 Oct. 2019 Their early rebukes raised the stakes for Google, threatening top-to-bottom scrutiny of its sprawling business beyond just ads. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Attorneys general for 50 US states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers, and the continued growth of the Web.," 10 Sep. 2019 Ryan doubled down on his rebuke of the president's remarks and said the shootings were not caused by mental health issues or video games but rather the availability of the weapons used to perpetrate these incidents. Alexandra Chaidez, CBS News, "Tim Ryan slams Trump's response to mass shootings, calling him "distractor-in-chief"," 5 Aug. 2019 But for many in the American foreign-policy establishment the coming decade served as a rebuke to the idea that the U.S. could remake the world. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Rebuke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebuked. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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