tr.v. re·buked, re·buk·ing, re·bukes
1. To criticize (someone) sharply; reprimand. See Synonyms at admonish.
2. To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example): "a series of sweeping decisions that rebuked the investigators' presumptions" (Donald A. Ritchie).
3. Obsolete To check or repress.
An expression of strong disapproval.
[Middle English rebuken, from Old North French rebuker : re-, back (from Latin; see RE-) + *buker, to strike, chop wood (variant of Old French buschier, from busche, firewood, of Germanic origin).]
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