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rebuke

Syllabification: re·buke
Pronunciation: /rəˈbyo͞ok
 
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Definition of rebuke in English:

verb

[with object]
Express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions: she had rebuked him for drinking too much the judge publicly rebuked the jury
More example sentences
  • He was criticized, he was rebuked by others in the Pentagon at the time.
  • He would stare at her, apologising for leaving her on the landing that day, yet rebuking her for her behaviour.
  • He did and the judge rebuked him for it, but the point got made.
Synonyms
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, chew out, ream out
formal castigate

noun

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An expression of sharp disapproval or criticism: he hadn’t meant it as a rebuke, but Neil flinched
More example sentences
  • The 59-year-old was at the centre of all the wrong publicity six years ago, when his comments about Irish women drew strong rebukes and criticism.
  • I should have been sat in front of the television making mental notes and issuing sharp rebukes to his paper thin justifications for war.
  • His declaration is the first time a sitting Conservative MP has advocated a complete break with the EU and is sure to provoke a sharp rebuke from party whips.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense 'force back, repress'): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French rebuker, from re- 'back, down' + bukier 'to beat' (originally 'cut down wood', from Old French busche 'log').

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  • Someone who has been rebuked or told off may feel cut down to size—its source is medieval French rebuker, which originally meant ‘to cut down wood’.

Derivatives

rebuker

1
noun
Example sentences
  • These days, he calls himself a ‘coke rebuker’ and delivers a rap message of recovery and restoration in churches.
  • In this case, the rich girl would be right to assume that the critic is below the rebuker in life.
  • Besides, why should the rebuker care about someone's else sin.

rebukingly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • With characteristic quarrelsomeness Janet responded rebukingly to an elaborate compliment.
  • The Reverend rebukingly and rather pointedly advised me to make the most of it then.

Words that rhyme with rebuke

archduke, chibouk, duke, Farouk, fluke, gook, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, Seljuk, snook, souk, spook, spruik, stook, tuque, zouk

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