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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 from the web for rebuff
  • The new regime will be challenged and will rebuff such attacks only if a stock of support for it has been built up.
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  • Education is the foremost conveyance of knowledge to help rebuff where appropriate and inform where necessary.
  • After a while they rebuff your interest rather than invite you in.
  • They misunderstand his dilemma and rebuff him, which breaks his heart.
  • Moreover, in such a situation any rebuff of the would-be lover can be rationalized away.
  • Fortunately, their rebuff was of such gentleness that my ardor for ancient bones was left undented.
  • He marks a check in the appropriate box and sends off the rebuff by return mail.
  • For several weeks he worked this and met with no rebuff.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuff

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 rebuff
v.

1580s, from obsolete French rebuffer "to check, snub," from Italian ribuffare "to check, chide, snide," from ribuffo "a snub," from ri- "back" (from Latin re-, see re-) + buffo "a puff," of imitative origin (cf. buffet (v.)). Related: Rebuffed; rebuffing.

n.

1610s, from rebuff (v.), or from Middle French rebuffe or Italian ribuffo.

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