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[ri-byook] /rɪˈbyuk/
verb (used with object), rebuked, rebuking.
to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
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 forms
rebukable, adjective
rebuker, noun
rebukingly, adverb
unrebukable, adjective
unrebuked, adjective
1. censure, upbraid, chide, admonish. See reproach. 2. reproach, remonstration, censure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rebuke
  • We may blame the students, castigate them as lazy or lacking commitment, and even rebuke the students.
  • It was a stern but even rebuke, a teaching moment that likely occurs on hundreds of campuses daily.
  • Nationalism is so close to the surface that the government must be mindful about inflaming it with a public rebuke of its ally.
  • He is a rebuke to the bulky superego that floats above jazz.
  • And last night, the president's announcement of an escalation is a total rebuke of your confident pronouncement.
  • It has seemed inseparable from our economic system--a constant rebuke to its boasted efficiency.
  • There could be no clearer rebuke of tyranny, nor a stronger affirmation of freedom.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuke


(transitive) to scold or reprimand (someone)
a reprimand or scolding
Derived Forms
rebukable, adjective
rebuker, 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 rebuke

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.


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

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