I noun admonition, censure, check, chiding, cold shoulder, condemnation, counteraction, criticism, defeat, defiance, disapproval, discouragement, discourtesy, disregard, flat refusal, insult, opposition, peremptory refusal, rebuke, recoil, refusal, rejection, renouncement, renunciation, reprimand, reproach, reproof, repudiation, repulsa, repulse, resistance, rudeness, scolding, slight, snub, spurn II verb affront, brush aside, cast aside, check, chide, decline, despise, disallow, discard, disdain, dismiss, disown, disregard, drive back, ignore, insult, jilt, keep at a distance, neglect, rebuke, refuse, reicere, reject, renounce, repel, repellere, reprobate, reprove, repudiate, repulse, resist, scorn, send away, set aside, slight, snub, spurn, turn away III index abrogate (annul), censure, check (bar), confront (oppose), contemn, contempt (disdain), controvert, counter, counteract, decline (reject), disallow, disapprove (condemn), disapprove (reject), disdain (noun), disdain (verb), disfavor, disoblige, disown (refuse to acknowledge), disrespect, dissent (withhold assent), eliminate (exclude), exclude, fight (counteract), impeach, parry, reaction (opposition), rebut, refusal, refuse, reject, rejection, renounce, renunciation, repel (drive back), repulse, resist (oppose), resistance, reversal, shun, spurn

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  • Rebuff — Re*buff (r[ e]*b[u^]f ), n. [It. ribuffo, akin to ribuffare to repulse; pref. ri (L. re ) + buffo puff. Cf. {Buff} to strike, {Buffet} a blow.] 1. Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance. [1913 Webster] The strong rebuff of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rebuff — [n] turning away; ignoring brushoff*, check, cold shoulder*, cut, defeat, denial, discouragement, go by*, hard time*, insult, kick in the teeth*, nix*, nothing doing*, opposition, rebuke, refusal, rejection, reprimand, repulse, slight, snub,… …   New thesaurus

  • Rebuff — Re*buff , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rebuffed} (r[ e]*b[u^]ft ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rebuffing}.] To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rebuff — ► VERB ▪ reject in an abrupt or ungracious manner. ► NOUN ▪ an abrupt rejection. ORIGIN obsolete French rebuffer, from Italian buffo a gust, puff …   English terms dictionary

  • rebuff — [ri buf′] n. [MFr rebuffe < It rabbuffo < rabbuffare, to disarrange, altered by metathesis (prob. infl. by buffare, to blow) < baruffare, to scuffle < Langobardic * biraufan, akin to OHG biroufan, to tussle, pluck out] 1. an abrupt,… …   English World dictionary

  • rebuff — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ sharp ▪ humiliating ▪ electoral (BrE) ▪ The party suffered a humiliating electoral rebuff in 1945. VERB + REBUFF ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • rebuff — UK [rɪˈbʌf] / US verb [transitive] Word forms rebuff : present tense I/you/we/they rebuff he/she/it rebuffs present participle rebuffing past tense rebuffed past participle rebuffed formal to refuse to talk to someone or do what they suggest… …   English dictionary

  • rebuff — n. 1) to meet with a rebuff 2) a polite; sharp rebuff * * * [rɪ bʌf] sharp rebuff a polite to meet with a rebuff …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rebuff — {{11}}rebuff (n.) 1610s, from REBUFF (Cf. rebuff) (v.). {{12}}rebuff (v.) 1580s, from obsolete Fr. rebuffer to check, snub, from It. ribuffare to check, chide, snide, from ribuffo a snub, from ri back (from L. re , see RE (Cf. re )) + …   Etymology dictionary

  • rebuff — [[t]rɪbʌ̱f[/t]] rebuffs, rebuffing, rebuffed VERB If you rebuff someone or rebuff a suggestion that they make, you refuse to do what they suggest. [V n] He wanted sex with Julie but she rebuffed him... [V n] His proposals have already been… …   English dictionary

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