- 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 juryMore 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.
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- An expression of sharp disapproval or criticism: he hadn’t meant it as a rebuke, but Neil flinchedMore 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.
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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.
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').