rebuke

If you receive a rebuke, it means that you have been reprimanded, or scolded. You're sure to get a rebuke if you forget to do your math homework four days in a row.

The word rebuke can be a verb, meaning to sternly reprimand or scold, but it can also be a noun, because a rebuke is the result of being scolded. The root comes from the Old French rebuchier and means "to hack down," or "beat back." A rebuke, then, is meant to be critical and to chide — in today's terms, a rebuke is verbal smack-down!

DEFINITIONS OF: rebuke

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n an act or expression of criticism and censure

“he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face”
Synonyms:
reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
Types:
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riot act
a vigorous reprimand
chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing
rebuking a person harshly
what for
a strong reprimand
bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
a severe scolding
berating, blowing up
a severe rebuke
reproach
a mild rebuke or criticism
lecture, speech, talking to
a lengthy rebuke
chastening, chastisement, correction
a rebuke for making a mistake
admonishment, admonition, monition
a firm rebuke
preaching, sermon
a moralistic rebuke
wig, wigging
British slang for a scolding
self-reproach, self-reproof
the act of blaming yourself
blame, rap
a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
curtain lecture
a private lecture to a husband by his wife
Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

v censure severely or angrily

Synonyms:
bawl 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, vituperate
Types:
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
censure severely
brush down, tell off
reprimand
flame
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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