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Meaning of REBUKE

Pronunciation:  ri'byook

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
  2. [v]  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"; "check" is archaic

REBUKE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: bawl out, berate, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, remonstrate, reprehension, reprimand, reprimand, reproof, reproof, reproval, scold, trounce
 See Also: admonishment, admonition, bawling out, berating, blowing up, brush down, castigate, castigation, chasten, chastening, chastise, chastisement, chewing out, chiding, correct, correction, criticise, criticism, criticize, dressing down, earful, going-over, lecture, monition, objurgate, objurgation, pick apart, reproach, riot act, scolding, speech, talking to, tell off, unfavorable judgment, upbraiding, what for



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*buke"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rebuked}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Rebuking}.] [OF. rebouquier to dull, blunt, F. reboucher;
    perhaps fr. pref. re- re- + bouche mouth, OF. also bouque, L.
    bucca cheek; if so, the original sense was, to stop the mouth
    of; hence, to stop, obstruct.]
    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.
          The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered, Nor to
          rebuke the rich offender feared.         --Dryden.
    Syn: To reprove; chide; check; chasten; restrain; silence.
         See {Reprove}.
  2. \Re*buke"\, n.
    1. A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also,
       chastisement; punishment.
             For thy sake I have suffered rebuke.  --Jer. xv. 15.
             Why bear you these rebukes and answer not? --Shak.
    2. Check; rebuff. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
    {To be without rebuke}, to live without giving cause of
       reproof or censure; to be blameless.