- 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
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1. censure, upbraid, chide, admonish. See reproach. 2. reproach, remonstration, censure.
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Examples from the Web for rebuke
This cover, I submit, is as sharp a rebuke to the “progress is over!”This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
What made matters worse was that the more I felt Lorne rebuke me, the more I pulled away.My Rocky Time As A Woman Writer on ‘SNL’
April 6, 2014
And, of course, a rebuke to our current politics and especially our president, who seems unable to prod a bee to buzz.‘Breaking Bad’ in the White House: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in 'All the Way'
March 7, 2014
Instead they were a rebuke from the American electorate to Democrats who had overreached.Democrats Have Maxed Out the Race Card
December 17, 2013
“Ordinary people will think he is disturbed and rebuke him for this, unaware that he is possessed by a god,” Plato wrote.What is a Genius?
November 9, 2013
Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.
They darted from Garson to the other three men, and back again in rebuke.
Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Times before had he said them before Phoebe Hart, and she had passed them by with no rebuke.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- (tr) to scold or reprimand (someone)
- a reprimand or scolding
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 15c., "a reproof, reprimand," from rebuke (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper