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[ri-byook] /rɪˈbyuk/
verb (used with object), rebuked, rebuking.
to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
Origin of rebuke
1275-1325; Middle English rebuken (v.) < Anglo-French rebuker (Old French rebuchier) to beat back, equivalent to re- re- + bucher to beat, strike < Germanic
Related forms
rebukable, adjective
rebuker, noun
rebukingly, adverb
unrebukable, adjective
unrebuked, adjective
1. censure, upbraid, chide, admonish. See reproach. 2. reproach, remonstration, censure. Unabridged
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  • They were only stopped by Richard himself, who hurried home from Ireland to rebuke them.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • Perhaps she had not meant to rebuke him and was already sorry that she had wounded him.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • This promptness and certainty in rebuke, when rebuke was necessary, made him a well-served man, both indoors and out.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • That rebuke of Barber's seemed to deflect Cis's interest from the rooms to herself.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • In a moment he forgot the rebuke he had received, and laughingly went on with the inventory.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for rebuke


(transitive) to scold or reprimand (someone)
a reprimand or scolding
Derived Forms
rebukable, adjective
rebuker, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norman French rebuker, from re- + Old French buchier to hack down, from busche log, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for rebuke

early 14c., "to reprimand, reprove; chide, scold," from Anglo-French rebuker "to repel, beat back," Old French rebuchier, from re- "back" (see re-) + buschier "to strike, chop wood," from busche (French bûche) "wood," from Proto-Germanic *busk- (see bush (n.)). Related: Rebuked; rebuking.


early 15c., "a reproof, reprimand," from rebuke (v.).


early 15c., "a reproof, reprimand," from rebuke (v.).

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