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Definitions and Synonyms of rebuke | Another word for rebuke | What is rebuke?

Definition 1: an act or expression of criticism and censure - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face

Synonyms for rebuke in the sense of this definition

(rebuke is a kind of ...) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

"the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a vigorous reprimand

"I read him the riot act"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a rebuke for making a mistake

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a lengthy rebuke

"a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline" "the teacher gave him a talking to"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a mild rebuke or criticism

"words of reproach"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a severe rebuke

"he deserved the berating that the coach gave him"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a severe scolding

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a strong reprimand

(... is a kind of rebuke ) rebuking a person harshly

(... is a kind of rebuke ) a firm rebuke

Definition 2: censure severely or angrily - [verb of communication]

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

  • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
  • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
  • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Synonyms for rebuke in the sense of this definition

(rebuke is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) censure severely

"She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

(... is a kind of rebuke ) reprimand

"She told the misbehaving student off"

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