Rebuke meaning

rĭ-byo͝ok
An expression of strong disapproval.
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To criticize (someone) sharply; reprimand.
verb
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To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example).
verb
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A sharp reprimand.
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(obs.) To force back.
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(obsolete) To check or repress.
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To blame or scold in a sharp way; reprimand.
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Rebuke is defined as to scold, blame or criticize in a sharp way.

An example of rebuke is a parent yelling at a child for not keeping up with them while walking.

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Origin of rebuke

  • Middle English rebuken from Old North French rebuker re- back (from Latin re–) buker to strike, chop wood (variant of Old French buschier) (from busche firewood) (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary