[ US /ɹibˈjuk, ɹɪbˈjuk/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪbjˈuːk/ ]
  1. censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
  1. an act or expression of criticism and censure
    he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face
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How To Use rebuke In A Sentence

  • It is a rebuke to those who grumpily accept their snail-paced status quo. Times, Sunday Times
  • And they are a rebuke to cultural pessimists in the West who often feel vindicated by the perfidies of the Muslim world but could stand, on occasion, to be humbled by examples of its courage. The Face of Pakistan's Courage
  • The national broadcaster said Pahad "rebuked Washington for pursuing what he terms a discredited neo-conservative ideology". ANC Daily News Briefing
  • She flung him a rebukeful glare that he did not get. We Can't Have Everything
  • The incoming House speaker presumptive has joined top GOP spokespeople in characterizing the election outcomes as a response to economic frustrations and a rebuke to Obama administration "monstrosities" like health care reform. Hans Johnson: Wave of Voter Anger Leaves Damage, Opportunities
  • Erin, the mousiest of the bridesmaids, elbowed Gladys when she noticed, only to find herself subtly rebuked with a withering glare from Cheryl, whose short brown hair and severe temperament remained unchanged for the happy occasion. Crossed
  • Even when, later still, the general's eager hand, stretching forth for the dusky flagon (it was sacrilege to sweep away those insignia of age and respectability), managed to capsize the candelabrum and sent the fluid "adamantine" spattering a treasured table-cloth (how quick the dash of the young trooper's hand upon the flame -- and its extinction!), a gentle smile was the sole rebuke, followed by a "Thank you, Mr. Harris. Tonio, Son of the Sierras A Story of the Apache War
  • Committee to claim the credit which belonged exclusively to another, he rebuked him, and asked by what right he (Mr. Clay) jeoparded the peace and harmony of the nation, in order that this or that man might receive the credit due for the origin of a bill. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861
  • The omission from the board is a stinging rebuke for Mr. Bucksbaum in particular. General Growth Scion Denied Seat
  • She rebuked her lawyer for his authoritarian attitude to her clients.
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