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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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Examples from the web for rebuking
  • If he will not listen to his conscience, rebuking him for violations of plain duty, let him not dream of self-elevation.
  • So far, the people have done their full share, rebuking distrust from the height of a sublime virtue.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuking

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 rebuking

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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