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rebuff

[n. ri-buhf, ree-buhf; v. ri-buhf] /n. rɪˈbʌf, ˈri bʌf; v. rɪˈbʌf/
noun
1.
a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances.
2.
a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.; snub.
3.
a check to action or progress.
verb (used with object)
4.
to give a rebuff to; check; repel; refuse; drive away.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French rebuffer < Italian ribuffare to disturb, reprimand, derivative of ribuffo (noun), equivalent to ri- re- + buffo puff; see buffoon
Related forms
rebuffable, adjective
rebuffably, adverb
unrebuffable, adjective
unrebuffed, adjective
Synonyms
4. snub, slight, reject, spurn.
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Examples for rebuffs
  • The endless rebuffs forced them to develop an unflinching optimism and thick skin.
  • One experts rebuffs the current fad of steering friends into church circles by social stealth.
  • But the entertainer rebuffs any accusations of wrongdoing on their part and says that they were simply following medical advice.
  • He simultaneously rebuffs and courts interpretation.
  • When she rebuffs him, he whips out a revolver, spins the cylinder and blows his own head off.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuffs

rebuff

/rɪˈbʌf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to snub, reject, or refuse (a person offering help or sympathy, an offer of help, etc) abruptly or out of hand
2.
to beat back (an attack); repel
noun
3.
a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
4.
any sudden check to progress or action
Word Origin
C16: from Old French rebuffer, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo a reprimand, from ri-re- + buffo puff, gust, apparently of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for rebuffs
rebuff
1586, from obs. Fr. rebuffer "to check, snub," from It. ribuffare "to check, chide, snide," from ribuffo "a snub," from ri- "back" (from L. re-) + buffo "a puff," of imitative origin (cf. buffet (v.)). The noun is first recorded 1611.
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