"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[ri-buht] /rɪˈbʌt/
verb (used with object), rebutted, rebutting.
to refute by evidence or argument.
to oppose by contrary proof.
verb (used without object), rebutted, rebutting.
to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.
Origin of rebut
1250-1300; Middle English reb(o)uten < Old French rebouter, equivalent to re- re- + bouter to butt3
Related forms
rebuttable, adjective
unrebuttable, adjective
unrebutted, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny)
1. disprove, confute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for rebut
  • They should not only study their own point of view, but be prepared to rebut the ideas of the opposing group.
  • Or, if you wish to rebut him, do so knowing that he is an army of one and that the community of reasonable thinkers has your back.
  • As medical researchers patiently rebut each argument, a new one arises.
  • He wants to rebut the notion that the amendment would forbid state courts from enforcing state laws that provide for civil unions.
  • So, no one really needs to rebut her points, as they are not her points.
  • So delete them, dismiss them but keep them here for your readers, or rebut them.
  • Reviewers aren't always reasonable and authors have a chance to rebut their comments.
  • The author's attempt to rebut the idea that greenery costs money is similarly hampered by lousy statistics.
  • If you had actually read my post instead of racing to rebut, you would have seen that.
  • In particular, it's quite easy to rebut the comments made on this board by those favouring the winner.
British Dictionary definitions for rebut


verb -buts, -butting, -butted
(transitive) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
Derived Forms
rebuttable, adjective
rebuttal, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt³
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rebut

c.1300, "to thrust back," from Old French reboter, rebuter "to thrust back," from re- "back" (see re-) + boter "to thrust, hit" (see butt (v.)). Legalese sense of "try to disprove, refute by evidence or argument" is from 1817. Related: Rebutted; rebutting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rebut

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rebut

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rebut