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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Other Words from rebuke

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 To rebuke this reading of history, Malm examines the use of violence and property destruction in a series of emancipatory movements. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 Delta — which is headquartered in Georgia and is its largest employer — issued a muted response but didn’t actually rebuke the law. Beck Bamberger, Forbes, 24 May 2021 And, while some may rebuke his tactics, others applaud it. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021 China’s ambassador was the only major diplomat in El Salvador not to rebuke Bukele for his judicial purge. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 Some of the convention delegates sought to formally rebuke Romney for his votes against Trump and his criticism of the former president’s actions. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 May 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent a message of reassurance and rebuke to Saudi Arabian officials bracing for the release of a report on the oil-rich monarchy’s responsibility for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 25 Feb. 2021 The quest for moral accountability finds its greatest successes – and surprises – when rebuke and counterrebuke give way to authentic listening. Christopher Schelin, The Conversation, 28 Apr. 2021 The vote was close, with 128 members voting to rebuke the Republican senator and 124 voting against the measure. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Levy’s vivid account offers an implicit rebuke to those who too easily draw parallels to the Great Recession of 2009 or the more recent pandemic downturn. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Reed, balking at a remarkable rebuke from a committee member of his own party, moved with Inhofe to stop senators from trying to advance the bill outside the committee, where it can be amended to his liking. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 This lead to a $15,000 fine, and a forceful rebuke from the league of Grand Slam tournaments that make up the most esteemed—and ultimately highest-paying—bodies within the world of tennis. Liam Hess, Vogue, 31 May 2021 Democrats said Greene should face more than just a public rebuke. Brian Slodysko, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021 Democrats said Greene should face more than just a public rebuke. Brian Slodysko, ajc, 25 May 2021 Democrats said Greene should face more than just a public rebuke. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 The rebuke from Romney came as senators and aides were rushed to a secure location, but Hawley continued to push the false narrative that the election was fraudulent. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2021 This was a disappointment for many of the young progressives, who had been hoping for a sharp rebuke of Israel, like the ones that came from Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, or from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. New York Times, 19 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Rebuke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebuke. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for rebuke

rebuke

verb

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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