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rebuke

[ri-byook] /rɪˈbyuk/
verb (used with object), rebuked, rebuking.
1.
to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
noun
2.
sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
Origin
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. censure, upbraid, chide, admonish. See reproach. 2. reproach, remonstration, censure.
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  • rebuked by leaders from a number of religions, he later apologised.
  • Thence comes a new intellectual exaltation, to be again rebuked by some new exhibition of character.
  • She ignored his longing looks, and rebuked his confused attempts to single her out in a crowd.
  • His behavior is publicly reviled and rebuked by virtually the entire society.
  • If gestures are rebuked, the world will see those rebukes for what they are.
  • Indeed, the judge rebuked the prosecutor for procedural missteps on several occasions.
  • The tribunal rebuked the employers, stating that extortion was no excuse for religious bias in employment.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuked

rebuke

/rɪˈbjuːk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to scold or reprimand (someone)
noun
2.
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 rebuked

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.

n.

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

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