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rebuke

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rebuke

  1. an often public or formal expression of disapproval delivered a stinging rebuke to the Congress, calling for an end to backstabbing and arguing Synonyms of rebuke commination, condemnation, denunciation, excoriation, objurgation, censure, reprimand, reproach, reproof, riot act, strictureWords Related to rebuke admonishment, admonition, castigation, chastisement, damnation, punishment, remonstrance; business, devil, dressing-down, lash, lecture, lesson, rap, scolding, talking-to, tongue-lashing; belittlement, criticism, deprecation, depreciation, disparagement, panNear Antonyms of rebuke acclamation, honor, tribute; encomium, eulogy, panegyric, plaudit(s), praise; approval, blessing, sanctionAntonyms of rebuke citation, commendation, endorsement (also indorsement)


rebuke

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rebuke

  1. 1 to criticize (someone) so as to correct a fault the father was forced to rebuke his son for the spendthrift ways he had adopted since arriving at college Synonyms of rebuke admonish, chide, reprimand, reproach, reprove, tick off Words Related to rebuke berate, castigate, chew out, dress down, flay, harangue, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rail (at or against), rate, scold, score, upbraid; abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, knock, lash, pan, reprehend, slam; belittle, deprecate, disparage, minimize, mock, put down; deride, ridicule, scoff, scorn Phrases burn one's ears, get after, get on Near Antonyms of rebuke approve, endorse (also indorse), OK (or okay), sanction; applaud, extol (also extoll), hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

  2. 2 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings strongly rebuked the girl for playing with matches Synonyms of rebuke baste, bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, flay, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), scold, reprimand, reproach, score, tongue-lash, upbraidWords Related to rebuke admonish, chide, remonstrate (with), reprove; abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, harangue, knock, lace (into), lash, pan, reprehend, revile, scourge, slam, vituperate; belittle, disparage, mock, put down; ridicule, scoff, scornNear Antonyms of rebuke approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise

  3. 3 to express public or formal disapproval of in a rare move, the state's supreme court rebuked the governor for trying to circumvent one of its recent rulings Synonyms of rebuke condemn, denounce, objurgate, censure, reprimand, reproach, reproveWords Related to rebuke admonish, chastise; castigate, punish; bawl out, berate, chew out, cut up, dress down, flay, gibbet, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rate, scold, score, tell off, upbraid; belittle, criticize, deprecate, depreciate, disparageNear Antonyms of rebuke acclaim, applause, hail, honor; eulogize, laud, praise; approve, bless, sanctionAntonyms of rebuke cite, commend, endorse (also indorse)

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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