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rebuke

verb re·buke \ ri-ˈbyük \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of rebuke

rebuked; rebuking
transitive verb
1 a : to criticize sharply : reprimand
b : to serve as a rebuke to
2 : to turn back or keep down : check

rebuker

noun

Examples of rebuke in a Sentence

  1. the father was forced to rebuke his son for the spendthrift ways he had adopted since arriving at college

  2. strongly rebuked the girl for playing with matches

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Origin and Etymology of rebuke

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

Synonym Discussion of rebuke

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

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rebuke

noun

Definition of rebuke

: an expression of strong disapproval : reprimand

Examples of rebuke in a Sentence

  1. delivered a stinging rebuke to the Congress, calling for an end to backstabbing and arguing

Recent Examples of rebuke from the Web

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First Known Use of rebuke

15th century


REBUKE Defined for English Language Learners

rebuke

verb

Definition of rebuke for English Language Learners

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


REBUKE Defined for Kids

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rebuke

verb re·buke \ ri-ˈbyük \

Definition of rebuke for Students

rebuked; rebuking
: to criticize severely
  • She was rebuked for being late.

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rebuke

noun

Definition of rebuke for Students

: an expression of strong disapproval


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