[ UK /ɹɪbˈʌf/ ]
[ US /ɹiˈbəf, ɹɪˈbəf/ ]
  1. reject outright and bluntly
    She snubbed his proposal
  2. force or drive back
    fight off the onslaught
    repel the attacker
    rebuff the attack
  1. a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
  2. an instance of driving away or warding off
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How To Use rebuff In A Sentence

  • Villa Kennan, with a pang of disappointment at such rebuff, forwent her overtures for the moment, and listened to what tale Jacob Henderson could tell of his dog. CHAPTER XXXIV
  • When two men pulled up in a station wagon, the girls rebuffed their sexual advances.
  • For the next two hours, the bold captain stayed below, eating and drinking, rebuffing nervous passengers and becoming more and more brusque and abusive to anyone who remonstrated with him.
  • Spurs have already rebuffed twice by after bidding 6m Downing two years ago. The Sun
  • Temperature didn't much affect the initial probability of getting beaned, a rebuff to the theory that it's harder to control pitches on hot days. Week in Ideas
  • People who know that rebuffs are expectable and that failure is remediable - that it results from lack of effort or situational factors and not personal inadequacy - are not debilitated by setbacks.
  • Atkinson also rebuffed a plea from Wilson to speed things up.
  • Such an attitude expects no rebuffs and overlooks those it provokes.
  • The dollar's attempted strong upward thrust was for now largely rebuffed in volatile currency trading.
  • Instead of saying that the country is readying its most seasoned diplomats and lawyers to rebuff the claims, it highlighted the deployment of its aging fleet to protect an empty sea.
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