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rebuff Line breaks: re¦buff
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbʌf/

Definition of rebuff in English:

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
snub, slight, repulse, repel, dismiss, brush off, turn one's back on;
give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, ignore, cut (dead), look right through
British informalknock back
Australian informalsnout
informal, , datedgive someone the go-by

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
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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.
Synonyms
refusal, spurning, repudiation, repulsion, cold-shouldering, discouragement
informalbrush-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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