Definition Of rebuke


an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism.

he hadn't meant it as a rebuke, but Neil flinched

express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.

she had rebuked him for drinking too much

Example Of rebuke

  • As she continued to live a western lifestyle, he rebuked her for not being a good Muslim.

  • As though rebuking her, she felt the sharp prick of a needle on her arm.

  • Bear in mind, then, that expressions of regret over the defilement of sacred images are likely to attract rebukes from certain ‘modern’ and ‘spiritual’ types of Westerner.

  • Before rebuking someone, ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’

  • Besides, why should the rebuker care about someone's else sin.

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