rebuke

Definitions

  • A Countryman's Well-deserved Rebuke
    A Countryman's Well-deserved Rebuke
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rebuke 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"
    • n rebuke an act or expression of criticism and censure "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rebuke A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also, chastisement; punishment. "For thy sake I have suffered rebuke .""Why bear you these rebukes and answer not?"
    • Rebuke Check; rebuff.
    • v. t Rebuke 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rebuke To reprove directly and pointedly; utter sharp disapproval of; reprimand; chide.
    • rebuke To treat or affect reprehendingly; check or restrain by reprimand or condemnation.
    • rebuke To buffet; beat; bruise.
    • rebuke Synonyms Reprove, Reprimand, etc. See censure.
    • n rebuke A direct reprimand; reproof for fault or wrong; reprehension; chiding.
    • n rebuke A manifestation of condemnation; a reprehending judgment or infliction; reprobation in act or effect.
    • n rebuke A check administered; a counter-blow.
    • n rebuke Behavior deserving rebuke; rudeness.
    • n rebuke Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rebuke rē-būk′ to check with reproof: to chide or reprove:
    • n Rebuke direct reproof: reprimand: reprobation:
    • v.t Rebuke rē-būk′ (B.) to chasten
    • n Rebuke (B.) chastisement: a severe check
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Rebuke should have a grain more of salt than of sugar.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    Sidney%20J.%20Harris
    “A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive”
  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

He felt the silent rebuke, and turned his head from her.
"Oscar" by Walter Aimwell
Pitt's angry injustice met with its due rebuke the next year at St. Cas.
"Types of Naval Officers" by A. T. Mahan
The young widow walked smartly back, holding her eldest boy's hand, and administered a sharp rebuke to him for talking too much.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Their barbaric and simple splendor was a rebuke to poor white women.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
I had long had misgivings as to the propriety of smoking, and when I read this cutting rebuke, I resolved to smoke no more.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
She did not choose to listen to these rebukes.
"Undine" by Friedrich de la Motte Fouquée
She rebukes him, hurling a jibe at his own mother.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Thanks to their efforts Mrs. Dangerfield did not rebuke her violent daughter with any great severity.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
She turned about to rebuke him, and found herself face to face with John Amherst.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The brakeman proceeded to rebuke him on the spot.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King
She had rebuked him for having said nothing about his love.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Therefore, though he said no word of rebuke to me, I felt my cheeks grow hot, and I hung my head and spake not.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
What a rebuke to those who have thrown away their opportunities and wasted their lives!
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The eunuchs have authority to rebuke the wives of the king.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
I remember well that I received a severe rebuke from the captain for inattention to signals.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
What a rebuke to those who have thrown away their opportunities and wasted their lives!
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
That afternoon the citizens had a meeting at the governor's house and appointed a committee to visit and rebuke the preacher.
"Las Casas" by Alice J. Knight
Is there any sin in that, that I should be rebuked?
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Bertha was too happy as she walked toward the hotel, to dread the rebukes which she had good reason to anticipate from the countess.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The exposure and confusion of the ladies, with an indignant rebuke from Gorgibus, close the piece.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
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In poetry:

In anger, Lord, rebuke me not;
Withdraw the dreadful storm;
Nor let thy fury grow so hot
Against a feeble worm.
"Psalm 6" by Isaac Watts
He would uplift her, not rebuke.
The crowd began to stir.
We miss how she the answer took;
We hear no more of her.
"The Woman That Lifted Up Her Voice" by George MacDonald
In mercy, not in wrath, rebuke
Thy feeble worm, my God!
My spirit dreads thine angry look,
And trembles at thy rod.
"Pleading For Mercy" by John Newton
Says Mrs. L. to the Duke,
"Your Grace, it is A PRINCE."
And at that nuss's bold rebuke,
He did both laugh and wince.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
With flowers or snow-flakes for its sod,
Around the seasons ran,
And evermore the love of God
Rebuked the fear of man.
"The Old Burying-Ground" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And not for signs in heaven above
Or earth below they look,
Who know with John His smile of love,
With Peter His rebuke.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Kevin Yoder's behavior at Sea of Galilee rebuked by Republican leadership.
Top Prosecutor in Brooklyn Is Rebuked by US Judge.
Romney's quick criticism on Libya draws rebuke.
NY scraps tough ballast water regs, prompting praise and rebuke.
The UN's nuclear watchdog is set to rebuke Iran over its nuclear program.
For all the bitterness over Wall Street pay in the past few years, only one CEO of a major bank has been publicly rebuked by shareholders for his compensation: Vikram Pandit.
Republican congressional candidate Ben Quayle has issued a stinging rebuke to rival Vernon Parker for his statement that Quayle "rented a family" in campaign mailers that depict him with two young girls.
Courts rebuke the latest prosecutorial attack on business.
Biden Draws Romney Rebuke With 'Chains' Remark.
Obama's Speech on Bin Laden a Silent Rebuke to Bush.
Nazi Camp's 'the Ultimate Rebuke '.
GLBA Urges City Council to Rebuke Business that Funds Hate Groups.
News National Tribune CEO, NNPA Chair Rebuke NAACP.
Rozerem ad gets rebuke .
Republican Wins House Race in New York, Seen as Obama Rebuke .
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In science:

This sometimes has the unpleasant effect that one believes to have completed a proof and is only rebuked when the Qed or Defined commands announce that the constructed term is not well-formed.
CoInduction in Coq
The last one, in particular, could even be considered to be a strong rebuke.
Eta Carinae and Nebulae Around Massive Stars: Similarities to Planetary Nebulae?
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