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English noun: rebuke

1. rebuke (communication) an act or expression of criticism and censure


SamplesHe had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face.


Synonymsreprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval


Broader (hypernym)criticism, unfavorable judgment


Narrower (hyponym)admonishment, admonition, bawling out, berating, blowing up, castigation, chastening, chastisement, chewing out, chiding, correction, dressing down, earful, going-over, lecture, monition, objurgation, reproach, riot act, scolding, speech, talking to, tongue-lashing, upbraiding, what for


English verb: rebuke

1. rebuke (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesSam cannot rebuke Sue


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off









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