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English noun: rebuff

1. rebuff (act) a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)


Synonymsslight


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity


Narrower (hyponym)cold shoulder, cut, silent treatment, snub

2. rebuff (communication) an instance of driving away or warding off


Synonymsrepulse, snub


Broader (hypernym)rejection


English verb: rebuff

1. rebuff (communication) reject outright and bluntly


SamplesShe snubbed his proposal.


Synonymsrepel, snub


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down

2. rebuff (competition) force or drive back


SamplesRepel the attacker.
Fight off the onslaught.
Rebuff the attack.


Synonymsdrive back, fight off, repel, repulse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose









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