• WordNet 3.6
    • v rebuff reject outright and bluntly "She snubbed his proposal"
    • v rebuff force or drive back "repel the attacker","fight off the onslaught","rebuff the attack"
    • n rebuff a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
    • n rebuff an instance of driving away or warding off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rebuff Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance. "The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud."
    • Rebuff Sudden check; unexpected repulse; defeat; refusal; repellence; rejection of solicitation.
    • v. t Rebuff To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rebuff To repel; make inflexible resistance to; check; put off with an abrupt and unexpected denial.
    • rebuff Synonyms To repel, repulse, throw back. See refuse.
    • n rebuff A repelling; a repercussion.
    • n rebuff An interposed check; a defeat.
    • n rebuff A holding off or in check; repulsion, as of inquiry or solicitation; peremptory denial or refusal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rebuff rē-buf′ a. beating back: sudden check: defeat: unexpected refusal
    • v.t Rebuff to beat back: to check: to repel violently: to refuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. ribuffo, akin to ribuffare, to repulse; pref. ri-,L. re-,) + buffo, puff. Cf. Buff to strike, Buffet a blow


In literature:

She has met with some rebuffs, but has never succumbed.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
This was indeed a slashing rebuff both to Pius VII.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
He often came to ask me what to do, and I could not rebuff him.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
That was his rebuff to Steele's advances, his slap in the face to an interfering Ranger Service.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
After the rebuff, Lionel was crossing the hall when he suddenly halted, as if a thought struck him, and he turned back to the study.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
England, as a sporting, athletic, and game-loving nation, has of late years suffered many rebuffs.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Could there possibly have been a rebuff in that quarter?
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
It had brought him nothing but rebuffs.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He heard the gates rattling open for the next boat-load, and took his stand again, bracing himself for another rebuff.
"A Good Samaritan" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
He left the saloon, and after many rebuffs succeeded in getting employment as errand-boy in a large importing house.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask

In poetry:

Ah no, she says, and she is tough,
and smacks me down with her rebuff.
Ah no, she says, I will not come
after the bloody things you've done.
"Ballad Of The Despairing Husband" by Robert Creeley
"But them if we rate, or with rudeness repel,
Though some will be passive enough,
From others who 're more independent 'tis well
If we meet not a stinging rebuff."
"Weeding" by Charles Lamb
A rhymer was laid in a poor man's grave —
The slumber of failure is sound enough —
And few remembered the life he gave
To love and his rhymes and the world's rebuff.
"Disturbed" by John Joy Bell
When, if I think but deep enough,
You are wont to answer, prompt as rhyme;
And you, too, find without rebuff
Response your soul seeks many a time
Piercing its fine flesh-stuff.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
There's nothing gained by whining, and you're not that kind of stuff;
You're a fighter from away back, and you WON'T take a rebuff;
Your trouble is that you don't know when you have had enough —
Don't give in.
"Grin" by Robert W Service
Then, welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough,
Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
Be our joys three-parts pain!
Strive, and hold cheap the strain;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

In news:

Vote-count bill's rebuff doesn't add up.
Bull Dogs rebuff Olympians' run.
Conservatives, evangelical Christians rebuff Romney.
Party On, Dude: Voters Rebuff Mike Proposal.
Colorado Utility's Rebuff of Wyoming Wind Causes Surprise.
Merkel to Rebuff Pleas for Emergency Action in EU Crisis.
Colorado utility's rebuff of Wyoming wind surprises.
California voters rebuff labels on GMO foods.
Three women rebuff Huguely meet-ups.
Braves Rebuff Rangers' Trade Offer for Shortstop.
Three Berlin Dems Easily Rebuff Challenger.
Riverdale Park Residents Rebuff Development Plan.
Feds rebuff EMS fraud-fighting tool.
Boca Raton parents rebuff state education commissioner over FCATs.
Union County homeowners rebuff Marvin efforts.