- 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 unrebuked
In the night, Babalatchi would call and interrupt Omar's repose, unrebuked.An Outcast of the Islands
Then at last they slowly returned, unrebuked, for no man had the heart to chide their daring.Warrior Gap
Isn't it what the girls of to-morrow—naturally, unrebuked—will do?Play the Game!
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Its not often I get a chance to display my only beauty free and unrebuked.
This is an evil of too serious a character to pass unfelt, unlamented or unrebuked.The Portland Sketch Book
- (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 unrebuked
early 15c., "a reproof, reprimand," from rebuke (v.).
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