Definition of rebuke in English:

rebuke

Line breaks: re¦buke
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbjuːk
 
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verb

[with object]
Express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behaviour 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

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
reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
informal telling-off, rap, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, caning, blast, row
British informal ticking off, carpeting, rollicking, wigging
British vulgar slang bollocking
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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
More 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.

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