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English noun: rebuff

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


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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