Definition of rebuff in English:


Syllabification: re·buff
Pronunciation: /riˈbəf


[with object]
  • Reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner: I asked her to be my wife, and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms
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    • However the department has rebuffed calls to criminalise those who refuse to obey the law.
    • Kurdish politicians were defiant, rebuffing the Shi'ite alliance's attempts to blame them for the deadlock.
    • The first attempt to storm the parliament was rebuffed by a volley of police tear gas.
    reject, turn down, spurn, refuse, decline, repudiate; snub, slight, repulse, repel, dismiss, brush off, give someone the cold shoulder
    informal give someone the brush-off, give someone the bum's rush, freeze out


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  • An abrupt or ungracious refusal or rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture: any attempt to win her friendship was met with rebuffs
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    • 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.
    rejection, snub, slight, repulse; refusal, spurning, cold-shouldering, discouragement
    informal brush-off, kick in the teeth, slap in the face


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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