a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances.
a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.; snub.
a check to action or progress.
to give a rebuff to; check; repel; refuse; drive away.
- re·buff·a·ble, adjective
- re·buff·a·bly, adverb
- un·re·buff·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·buffed, adjective
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How to use rebuff in a sentence
The presentation was a kind of rebuff to those who think Disney has been one-upped in the digital world by Netflix.Disney unveils huge cache of content, signaling it seeks to dominate both digital and theaters | Steven Zeitchik | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went home and did some sleuthing.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve | Samantha Allen | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
March 2012: “In rebuff to Obama, Abbas says he will send ultimatum to Israel.”
Or we simply learn how to artfully rebuff advances by subtly threatening to blow the whistle on despicable and degrading behavior.
The tone constituted a rebuff, and Rita's coquetry deserted her, leaving her mortified and piqued.Dope | Sax Rohmer
"Tell him to call," she said to Tim, who delivered her message rather awkwardly, as if expecting a rebuff.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Nothing dismayed by his first rebuff, the audacious Fouch again intervened.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
He was so easily rebuffed, and she was so reluctant to rebuff him.A Houseful of Girls | Sarah Tytler
Take, for instance, the matter of a caress or an embrace—how would you react to repeated rebuff?The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
British Dictionary definitions for rebuff
to snub, reject, or refuse (a person offering help or sympathy, an offer of help, etc) abruptly or out of hand
to beat back (an attack); repel
a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
any sudden check to progress or action
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