Definition of rebuke in English:

rebuke

Syllabification: re·buke
Pronunciation: /rəˈbyo͞ok
 
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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').

Derivatives

rebuker

noun
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  • 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

adverb
More 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.

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