The teacher would often rebuke her students in front of the class which did not foster a positive classroom environment.
An example of rebuke is a parent yelling at a child for not keeping up with them while walking.
transitive verb-·buked′, -·buk′ing
- to blame or scold in a sharp way; reprimand
- Obs. to force back
Origin of rebukeMiddle English rebuken from Anglo-French rebuker from Old French rebuchier from re-, back + buchier, to beat from buche, stick, billet from Germanic an unverified form buska
transitive verbre·buked, re·buk·ing, re·bukes
- To criticize (someone) sharply; reprimand. See Synonyms at admonish.
- To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example): “a series of sweeping decisions that rebuked the investigators' presumptions” ( Donald A. Ritchie )
- Obsolete To check or repress.
Origin of rebukeMiddle 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 )
(third-person singular simple present rebukes, present participle rebuking, simple past and past participle rebuked)
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.