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!
n an act or expression of criticism and censure
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a vigorous reprimand
chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing
rebuking a person harshly
a strong reprimand
bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
a severe scolding
berating, blowing up
a severe rebuke
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
a moralistic rebuke
British slang for a scolding
the act of blaming yourself
a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
a private lecture to a husband by his wife
v censure severely or angrily
- 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
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
brush down, tell off
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium