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rebuke

[ri-byook]
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verb (used with object), re·buked, re·buk·ing.
  1. to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
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noun
  1. sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
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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 formsre·buk·a·ble, adjectivere·buk·er, nounre·buk·ing·ly, adverbun·re·buk·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·buked, adjective

Synonyms

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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

Historical Examples

  • In the night, Babalatchi would call and interrupt Omar's repose, unrebuked.

    An Outcast of the Islands

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then at last they slowly returned, unrebuked, for no man had the heart to chide their daring.

    Warrior Gap

    Charles King

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for unrebuked

rebuke

verb
  1. (tr) to scold or reprimand (someone)
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noun
  1. a reprimand or scolding
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Derived Formsrebukable, adjectiverebuker, 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 unrebuked

rebuke

n.

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

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rebuke

v.

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.

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