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Definition 1: a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for rebuff in the sense of this definition

(rebuff is a kind of ...) a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

(... is a kind of rebuff ) a refusal to recognize someone you know

"the snub was clearly intentional"

(... is a kind of rebuff ) an aloof refusal to speak to someone you know

Definition 2: an instance of driving away or warding off - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for rebuff in the sense of this definition

(rebuff is a kind of ...) the speech act of rejecting

Definition 3: reject outright and bluntly - [verb of communication]

Samples where rebuff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She snubbed his proposal

Synonyms for rebuff in the sense of this definition

(rebuff is a kind of ...) reject with contempt

"She spurned his advances"

Definition 4: force or drive back - [verb of competition]

Samples where rebuff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • repel the attacker
  • fight off the onslaught
  • rebuff the attack

Synonyms for rebuff in the sense of this definition

(rebuff is a kind of ...) fight against or resist strongly

"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"

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