Definition of Rebuff

1. Noun. A deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval).

Exact synonyms: Slight
Generic synonyms: Discourtesy, Offence, Offense, Offensive Activity
Specialized synonyms: Cold Shoulder, Cut, Snub, Silent Treatment
Derivative terms: Slight



2. Verb. Reject outright and bluntly. "She snubbed his proposal"
Exact synonyms: Repel, Snub
Generic synonyms: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Spurn, Turn Down
Derivative terms: Snub

3. Noun. An instance of driving away or warding off.
Exact synonyms: Repulse, Snub
Generic synonyms: Rejection
Derivative terms: Repulse, Repulse, Snub

4. Verb. Force or drive back. "Rebuff the attack"
Exact synonyms: Drive Back, Fight Off, Repel, Repulse
Generic synonyms: Defend, Fight, Fight Back, Fight Down, Oppose
Derivative terms: Repulsive, Repulse, Repulsion

Definition of Rebuff

1. n. Repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance.

2. v. t. To beat back; to offer sudden resistance to; to check; to repel or repulse violently, harshly, or uncourteously.

Definition of Rebuff

1. Noun. A sudden resistance or refusal. ¹

2. Verb. To refuse; to offer sudden or harsh resistance; to turn down or shut out. ¹

3. Verb. To buff again. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rebuff

1. to reject or refuse curtly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rebuff

rebricking
rebricks
rebrightening
rebrightenings
rebroadcast
rebroadcasted
rebroadcaster
rebroadcasters
rebroadcasting
rebroadcasts
rebrobate
rebroke
rebroken
rebs
rebud
rebuff (current term)
rebuffed
rebuffer
rebuffered
rebuffering
rebuffers
rebuffing
rebuffingly
rebuffs
rebuild
rebuildable
rebuilded
rebuilder
rebuilders
rebuilding

Literary usage of Rebuff

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1853)
"Dispute about toleration—Johnson's rebuff to Goldsmith—hia apology.—Man-worship.—Doctors Major and Minor.—A farewell visit. A FEW days after the serio-comic ..."

2. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1851)
"Dispute about toleration —Johnson's rebuff to Goldsmith—his apology.—Man-worship.—Doctors Major and Minor.—A farewell visit. ..."

3. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1861)
"Johnson's rebuff to Goldsmith—his apology.—Man-worship.—Doctors Major and Minor.—A farewell visit. A FEW days after the serio-comic scene of the elevation ..."

4. Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis by Benjamin Perley Poore (1886)
"... REVIEWING STAND—GENERAL SHERMAN AND THE DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI— rebuff GIVEN BY GENERAL SHERMAN TO SECRETARY STANTON— SHERMAN'S BUMMERS. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"In a minor point they bad experienced a rebuff. They had done, as true Presbyterians, all they could to induce the assembly to sit on Christmas Day, ..."

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