Definitions for rebukerɪˈbyuk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•bukerɪˈbyuk(v.; n.)-buked, -buk•ing

  1. (v.t.)to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.

  2. (n.)a sharp reproof; reprimand.

Origin of rebuke:

1275–1325; < AF rebuker (OF rebuchier) to beat back

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand(verb)

    an act or expression of criticism and censure

    "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"

  2. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rebuke(verb)ɪˈbyuk

    to criticize sb for sth they said or did

    She rebuked her daughter for being rude.; a harsh rebuke


  1. rebuke(Noun)

    A harsh criticism.

  2. rebuke(Verb)

    To criticise harshly; to reprove.

  3. Origin: From rebuken, from rebuker, from re- + *, buchier, buschier, from busche, from buska, of origin, from Old , , from buskaz. More at re-, bush.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rebuke(verb)

    to check, silence, or put down, with reproof; to restrain by expression of disapprobation; to reprehend sharply and summarily; to chide; to reprove; to admonish

  2. Rebuke(noun)

    a direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also, chastisement; punishment

  3. Rebuke(noun)

    check; rebuff


  1. Rebuke

    In English law and the canon law of the Church of England, a rebuke is a censure on a member of the clergy. It is the least severe censure available against clergy of the Church of England, less severe than a monition. A rebuke can be given in person by a bishop or by an ecclesiastical court.

Translations for rebuke

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(stern) words spoken to a person, because he has done wrong.

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