rebuke

[ ri-byook ]
/ rɪˈbyuk /

verb (used with object), re·buked, re·buk·ing.

to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.

noun

sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.

Nearby words

  1. rebreathing anesthesia,
  2. rebreathing technique,
  3. rebroadcast,
  4. rebuff,
  5. rebuild,
  6. rebus,
  7. rebus sic stantibus,
  8. rebut,
  9. rebuttal,
  10. rebutter

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

SYNONYMS FOR rebuke
1. censure, upbraid, chide, admonish. See reproach. 2. reproach, remonstration, censure.

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British Dictionary definitions for rebuke

rebuke

/ (rɪˈbjuːk) /

verb

(tr) to scold or reprimand (someone)

noun

a reprimand or scolding
Derived Formsrebukable, adjectiverebuker, noun

Word Origin for rebuke

C14: from Old Norman French rebuker, from re- + Old French buchier to hack down, from busche log, of Germanic origin

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