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definition of the word rebuke

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From Old French rebuchier, “to repulse”. Of doubtful origin, maybe connected with French bouche, “mouth”.

Singular
rebuke

Plural
rebukes

rebuke (plural rebukes)

  1. A harsh criticism.
    • Lord Lundy Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career. Hillair Belloc.
...Or if his father Lord Dunquerque
Said “Hi!” in a Commanding Tone,
“Hi, Lundy! Leave the cat alone!”
Lord Lundy, letting go its tail,
would raise a terrible wail
as his grandpa moved the Duke
to utter the severe rebuke:
“When I, sir, was a little boy,
an animal was not a toy!”

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