Definition of rebuff in English:

rebuff

Line breaks: re¦buff
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbʌf
 
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verb

[with object]

noun

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  • An abrupt or ungracious rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture: his reserve was not intended as a rebuff [mass noun]: callers phoning a chatline need have no fear of rebuff
    More example sentences
    • In what will be seen as a clear rebuff to the second request, Mr Kenny said that delaying the €176 million project until after Christmas was simply not an option.
    • After several rebuffs, Yeda offered to pay for the cost of localization.
    • According to Apter, the mother-in-law is genuinely bewildered by her daughter-in-law's rebuffs of friendship.
    Synonyms
    rejection, snub, slight, repulse, cut; refusal, spurning, repudiation, repulsion, cold-shouldering, discouragement
    informal brush-off, knock-back, put-down, kick in the teeth, slap in the face, smack in the face, smack in the eye

Origin

late 16th century: from obsolete French rebuffer (verb), rebuffe (noun), from Italian ri- (expressing opposition) + buffo 'a gust, puff', of imitative origin.

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