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
  1. noun
    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
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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
  2. verb
    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, scathe, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
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    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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