Definition of rebuke in English:

rebuke

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.

    ‘she had rebuked him for drinking too much’
    • ‘the judge publicly rebuked the jury’
    • ‘He was criticized, he was rebuked by others in the Pentagon at the time.’
    • ‘He would stare at her, apologising for leaving her on the landing that day, yet rebuking her for her behaviour.’
    • ‘He did and the judge rebuked him for it, but the point got made.’
    • ‘When he was incredibly late at the beginning, the judge rebuked him on that day about being late.’
    • ‘Other trade union leaders were also rebuked and reprimanded, with some receiving kicks and punches.’
    • ‘As though rebuking her, she felt the sharp prick of a needle on her arm.’
    • ‘For him it was always the issues that were important, but he was definitely rebuking his old friend, even though he did not name him.’
    • ‘I haven't read the article but have read the outrageous reports rebuking the author.’
    • ‘He rebuked the people running the review and said he expected local NHS bosses to ‘engage with local communities’.’
    • ‘But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter.’
    • ‘He immediately went into the circling routine, feeling the material of my jacket and after a lot of tut tutting rebuked me for my cheap shoes which didn't match my suit.’
    • ‘Britain's largest charity has rebuked Prince Charles for refusing to protect an endangered species of bird at the Balmoral estate.’
    • ‘In point of fact, he was rebuked for his support of bringing about a volunteer force, at least considering it.’
    • ‘But the king-maker promptly rebuked him, saying that he didn't want his wife to lose her job.’
    • ‘This criminal sensed His royalty and rebuked his fellow criminal.’
    • ‘So when I went up to them at the counter where the pair were perched on high stools I was rebuked for daring to open my mouth.’
    • ‘Instead, it merely rebuked him for his refusal to co-operate, even as a former MP.’
    • ‘Before rebuking someone, ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’’
    reprimand, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
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Pronunciation

rebuke

/rəˈbyo͞ok/ /rəˈbjuk/

noun

  • An expression of sharp disapproval or criticism.

    ‘he hadn't meant it as a rebuke, but Neil flinched’
    • ‘The 59-year-old was at the centre of all the wrong publicity six years ago, when his comments about Irish women drew strong rebukes and criticism.’
    • ‘I should have been sat in front of the television making mental notes and issuing sharp rebukes to his paper thin justifications for war.’
    • ‘His declaration is the first time a sitting Conservative MP has advocated a complete break with the EU and is sure to provoke a sharp rebuke from party whips.’
    • ‘He also delivered a sharp rebuke to those who argued against the day on profit grounds.’
    • ‘Now capitalism is receiving severe rebukes, with its critics given powerful evidence that they are right in seeing it as a system that works for insiders and their cronies.’
    • ‘He had more expected a sharp rebuke for sleeping late, maybe even a none-too-gentle reminder in the form of a hand to his backside.’
    • ‘I opened my mouth for a sharp rebuke but just then the waitress appeared, bringing our plates of burgers and fries.’
    • ‘I tried to explain my doubtless feeble joke, but my critic was having none of it, delivering her rebuke and, having had her stern say, ringing off.’
    • ‘Under the guise of political virtue, it scolds, berates, rebukes, criticizes, and has a high old time doing it.’
    • ‘This rebuke flew in the face of Hamilton's express words in his Report.’
    • ‘God will often use men to offer a verbal rebuke through prophecy or admonishment before disciplining us.’
    • ‘And it delivered not one but two stern rebukes to states over what justices considered unfair procedures for sentencing people to death.’
    • ‘Bear in mind, then, that expressions of regret over the defilement of sacred images are likely to attract rebukes from certain ‘modern’ and ‘spiritual’ types of Westerner.’
    • ‘Ahern has delivered several sharp rebukes to his parliamentary party recently.’
    • ‘He also delivered a sharp rebuke to those who argued against the day on profit grounds.’
    • ‘Indeed the Academy issued a rare rebuke of the studio for its campaign.’
    • ‘I've delivered her a stern rebuke and promised I'll be back to conduct regular inspections.’
    • ‘Chelsea flushes at the mild rebuke, though she knows it's only the truth.’
    • ‘The Press Council delivered one of its strongest rebukes in its 30 year history.’
    • ‘His comments brought a swift rebuke from both state and federal National Party MPs.’
    reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
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Pronunciation

rebuke

/rəˈbyo͞ok/ /rəˈbjuk/

Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense ‘force back, repress’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French rebuker, from re- ‘back, down’ + bukier ‘to beat’ (originally ‘cut down wood’, from Old French busche ‘log’).