Rebuff meaning

rĭ-bŭf'
To repel or drive back.

Rebuffed the attack.

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To rebuff is to reject someone or something in an abrupt way.

When someone asks you on a date and you turn them down by telling them you don't like the way they dress, this is an example of a time when you rebuff.

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A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
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A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action.

A rebuff to his ambitions.

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To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub.

Rebuff a person making advances; rebuff a request.

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An abrupt, blunt refusal of offered advice, help, etc.
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Any check or repulse.
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To refuse bluntly; snub.
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To check or repulse.
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A sudden resistance or refusal.

He was surprised by her quick rebuff to his proposal.

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Repercussion, or beating back.
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To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out.
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To buff again.
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Origin of rebuff

  • From obsolete French rebuffer to reject from Italian ribuffare from ribuffo reprimand ri- back (from Latin re- re–) buffo gust, puff (of imitative origin)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition