from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
- n. A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action.
- transitive v. To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- transitive v. To repel or drive back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sudden resistance or refusal.
- v. To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out.
- v. To buff again.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance.
- n. Sudden check; unexpected repulse; defeat; refusal; repellence; rejection of solicitation.
- transitive v. To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repel; make inflexible resistance to; check; put off with an abrupt and unexpected denial.
- Synonyms To repel, repulse, throw back. See refuse.
- n. A repelling; a repercussion.
- n. An interposed check; a defeat.
- n. A holding off or in check; repulsion, as of inquiry or solicitation; peremptory denial or refusal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instance of driving away or warding off
- v. reject outright and bluntly
- v. force or drive back
- n. a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
At The National Post Blog Araminta Wordsworth quoted various sources and the reactions including The Nation Daily in Kenya which suggests that this rebuff is not unexpected:
But November -- the chill month with its "rebuff" -- will see both rabbits and magpies quite departed ....
Such a rebuff was a stunner to Mr. Davis, who, however, soon regained his serenity and answered:
Such a rebuff was a stunner to the recipient of it, who soon regained his own serenity, however, and answered:
But last night in Birmingham the opposition leader suffered what could only be described as a rebuff when conference delegates voted her the greatest Tory hero of all time.
KING: Isn't there also a kind of rebuff against it, people who don't like the pontifical nature of it, the fact that you shall believe?
But she suddenly met a rebuff -- a kind of rebuff that she did not expect; for
Adeline was fabricating fearfully, that the "rebuff" was altogether an invention.
"It is historically unprecedented for a first-term government to receive the kind of rebuff that the Rudd-Gillard government received yesterday," he told reporters in Sydney.
"It is historically unprecedented for a first-term government to receive the kind of rebuff that the Rudd-Gillard government received yesterday," he said.