American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To criticize or reprove sharply; reprimand. See Synonyms at admonish.
- v. To check or repress.
- n. A sharp reproof.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reprove directly and pointedly; utter sharp disapproval of; reprimand; chide.
- To treat or affect reprehendingly; check or restrain by reprimand or condemnation.
- To buffet; beat; bruise.
- Synonyms Reprove, Reprimand, etc. See censure.
- n. A direct reprimand; reproof for fault or wrong; reprehension; chiding.
- n. A manifestation of condemnation; a reprehending judgment or infliction; reprobation in act or effect.
- n. A check administered; a counter-blow.
- n. Behavior deserving rebuke; rudeness.
- n. Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- n. A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also, chastisement; punishment.
- n. obsolete Check; rebuff.
- v. censure severely or angrily
- n. an act or expression of criticism and censure
- From Middle English rebuken, from Anglo-Norman rebuker ("to beat back, repel"), from re- + Old French *buker, buchier, buschier ("to strike, hack down, chop"), from busche ("wood"), from Vulgar Latin buska ("wood, grove"), from Frankish *busc, *busk (“grove”), from Proto-Germanic *buskaz (“bush”). More at re-, bush. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rebuken, from Old North French rebuker : re-, back (from Latin; see re-) + *buker, to strike, chop wood (variant of Old French buschier, from busche, firewood, of Germanic origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To be suffered to go on in sin without a rebuke is a sad sign of alienation from God; such are bastards, not sons.”
“His decision brought a rebuke from the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network (JCN), which slammed Graham's support "based upon his apparent willful blindness to her record, both on the bench and off, of indulging her own ethnic and gender biases, personal political views, and liberal agenda in the name of 'law.”
“One might say that such a rebuke is being made on literary rather than moral grounds, but do literary critics have a better idea of what a novelist's ambition ought to be than the novelist him/herself?”
“The decision attracted a stinging rebuke from the then equalities minister Harriet Harman.”
“In order to stop this type disrespect in Congress/House – open rebuke is needed and an open apology to the office of the president (if he can't bring himself to apologize to Obama) and his fellow lawmakers.”
“Bryson sniggered behind his data-pad drawing a sharp rebuke from the Captain.”
“A rebuke from the head of the DNC only reinforces the anti-establishment, party-line-bucking image that Manchin is seeking.”
“Mr. Broughton's comments drew a rebuke from the U.S.”
“Their 2008 book, "The Sexual Person," just earned a rebuke from the U.S. bishops 'doctrine committee.”
“The incident prompted a rare public rebuke from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.”
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