Re*buke" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebuked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Rebuking.] [OF. rebouquier to dull, blunt, F. reboucher; perhaps fr. pref. re- re- + bouche mouth, OF. also bouque, L. bucca cheek; if so, the original sense was, to stop the mouth of; hence, to stop, obstruct.]

To check, silence, or put down, with reproof; to restrain by expression of disapprobation; to reprehend sharply and summarily; to chide; to reprove; to admonish.

The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered, Nor to rebuke the rich offender feared. Dryden.

Syn. -- To reprove; chide; check; chasten; restrain; silence. See Reprove.


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Re*buke" (?), n.


A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand; also, chastisement; punishment.

For thy sake I have suffered rebuke. Jer. xv. 15.

Why bear you these rebukes and answer not? Shak.


Check; rebuff.



To be without rebuke, to live without giving cause of reproof or censure; to be blameless.


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