Definitions for: Rebuke

[n] an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
[v] 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"; "check" is archaic

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*buke", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebuked; p. pr. & vb.
n. Rebuking.] [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.]
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. --Dryden.

Syn: To reprove; chide; check; chasten; restrain; silence.
See Reprove.

Re*buke", n.
1. A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also,
chastisement; punishment.

For thy sake I have suffered rebuke. --Jer. xv. 15.

Why bear you these rebukes and answer not? --Shak.

2. Check; rebuff. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

To be without rebuke, to live without giving cause of
reproof or censure; to be blameless.

Synonyms: bawl out, berate, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, remonstrate, reprehension, reprimand, reprimand, reproof, reproof, reproval, scold, trounce

See Also: admonishment, admonition, bawling out, berating, blowing up, brush down, castigate, castigation, chasten, chastening, chastise, chastisement, chewing out, chiding, correct, correction, criticise, criticism, criticize, dressing down, earful, going-over, lecture, monition, objurgate, objurgation, pick apart, reproach, riot act, scolding, speech, talking to, tell off, unfavorable judgment, upbraiding, what for

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