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rebuke

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an often public or formal expression of disapproval

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

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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
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burn one's ears, get after, get on

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2 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings

  • strongly rebuked the girl for playing with matches
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lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task

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3 to express public or formal disapproval of

  • in a rare move, the stateʼs supreme court rebuked the governor for trying to circumvent one of its recent rulings
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bring to account, call to account

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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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