Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) an act or expression of criticism and censure
  2. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

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Origin of the word Rebuke

  1. early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. rebuker "to repel, beat back," O.Fr. rebuchier, from re- "back" + buschier "to strike, chop wood," from busche (Fr. b?che) "wood," from P.Gmc. *busk- (see bush). The noun is first attested early 15c. more

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