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 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 President Trump rebukes hardliners attempting to stymie sales to China, Nomura's finally making money from investment banking in Asia and Hong Kong is headed for its first back-to-back recession — ever. Sybilla Gross, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, O’Brien issued a sharp rebuke of China last night in a speech to business executives in Phoenix, Arizona, according to reporters who traveled with him. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Polish leader leaves with no new commitment of US troops as Pentagon shifts focus away from Europe and toward countering China," 25 June 2020 In a victory statement Tuesday night, Cawthorn said his victory was not a rebuke of the president. Fox News, "Madison Cawthorn, 24-year-old who won GOP primary in NC, says Trump congratulated him on 'beautiful' win," 24 June 2020 In a victory statement posted on Facebook Tuesday, Cawthorn said the election's outcome wasn't a rebuke of the president. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats plan for smaller convention in Milwaukee," 24 June 2020 The helicopters’ maneuvers, particularly with the red cross displayed, drew rebuke from military law experts, who said use of the emblem is carefully regulated because of its global symbolism for mercy. Washington Post, "A low-flying ‘show of force’," 23 June 2020 In a video posted June 18 on DonateMyWage.org, the Afro-Latina model Smalls, 31, issued a scathing rebuke at the fashion industry for its response following calls for societal change prompted by the police killing of George Floyd last month. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Supermodel Joan Smalls pledges wages to Black Lives Matter, calls out fashion industry's 'insulting' silence," 22 June 2020 The rebuke came after China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, held an unusual meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that underscored the depth of discord between the two countries. Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "China lashes out at the United States over Xinjiang sanctions law," 18 June 2020 That triggered another rebuke from Patrick who put out a statement accusing Bush of calling everyone who disagrees with the direction of the Alamo restoration project a racist. Jeremy Wallace, ExpressNews.com, "Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick escalates Alamo clash with George P. Bush," 15 June 2020 Trump also drew a rebuke from James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor of America magazine, who referenced Trump's recent photo op with a Bible in front of a historic church near the White House after peaceful protesters were cleared from his path. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump draws rebukes for suggesting 75-year-old protester pushed in Buffalo was part of ‘set up’," 9 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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28 Jun 2020

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“Rebuke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebuke. Accessed 9 Jul. 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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