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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English rebuken, from Anglo-Norman rebuker (to beat back, repel), from re- + Old French *buker, buchier, buschier (to strike, hack down, chop), from busche (wood), from Vulgar Latin *busca (wood, grove), from Frankish *busk (grove), from Proto-Germanic *buskaz (bush); equivalent to re- +‎ bush.

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  • IPA(key): /ɹiˈbjuːk/, /ɹɪˈbjuːk/
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  • Rhymes: -uːk

NounEdit

rebuke (plural rebukes)

  1. (of a person) A harsh criticism.
    • 2012 July 15, Richard Williams, “Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track”, in Guardian Unlimited[1]:
      There was the sternness of an old-fashioned Tour patron in his rebuke to the young Frenchman Pierre Rolland, the only one to ride away from the peloton and seize the opportunity for a lone attack before being absorbed back into the bunch, where he was received with coolness.

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rebuke (third-person singular simple present rebukes, present participle rebuking, simple past and past participle rebuked)

  1. (of a person) To criticise harshly; to reprove.

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