Definition of rebuke in English:

rebuke

Syllabification: re·buke
Pronunciation: /riˈbyo͞ok
 
/

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
    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
    reprimand, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, chastise, upbraid, berate, take to task, criticize, censure
    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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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.

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.

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').

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