Definition of rebuff in English:

rebuff

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner.

    ‘I asked her to be my wife, and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms’
    • ‘Clay's efforts to locate and fix her image are rebuffed in a weary kind of manner.’
    • ‘We tried desperately to obtain such an electoral pact with the Greens before the election, but we were rebuffed on every occasion.’
    • ‘Liberal Democrats are often categorised as soft on crime and are used to rebuffing accusations of being soft on terrorism.’
    • ‘However even he had given up hope after Ferguson had rebuffed his many attempts at getting him to postpone his retirement.’
    • ‘Values that embrace social solidarity and participation were indignantly rebuffed by the new culture.’
    • ‘After rebuffing him, Gregory alleged, the pundit retaliated by reducing his pay and subsequently firing him.’
    • ‘You know, I can say in response to this column, that for 20 years the Democrats have been rebuffing one part of the progressive agenda after another.’
    • ‘A draft Department of Defence letter rebuffing the president was never sent.’
    • ‘He said the party represented a threat to the country and urged people to reclaim the Republic by rebuffing the party in the elections.’
    • ‘Even recent approaches by the US were rebuffed or sidetracked by the Indonesian government.’
    • ‘For the next two hours, the bold captain stayed below, eating and drinking, rebuffing nervous passengers and becoming more and more brusque and abusive to anyone who remonstrated with him.’
    • ‘At times, the nightclub singer doesn't seem to like it much either, rebuffing the painter, only to fall back into her arms.’
    • ‘Its wrath, had it been rebuffed, was potentially catastrophic.’
    • ‘The one attempt he makes to talk to her is rebuffed yet he's still stricken to learn she committed suicide.’
    • ‘Rejecting businesses associated with poor human rights and unfair labour practices lost it £847,000 and rebuffing organisations involved in the production of problematic chemicals cost £688,000.’
    • ‘Kurdish politicians were defiant, rebuffing the Shi'ite alliance's attempts to blame them for the deadlock.’
    • ‘However the department has rebuffed calls to criminalise those who refuse to obey the law.’
    • ‘In fact, in a speech spanning an entire four sentences, she dedicated half of it to rebuffing the cynics.’
    • ‘The first attempt to storm the parliament was rebuffed by a volley of police tear gas.’
    • ‘Cooley appeared in person in May to appeal that decision, but his entreaty was rebuffed.’
    reject, turn down, spurn, refuse, decline, repudiate, disdain
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noun

  • An abrupt or ungracious refusal or rejection of an offer, request, or friendly gesture.

    ‘any attempt to win her friendship was met with rebuffs’
    • ‘General readers who have stayed this far will not be surprised that, in the face of such a blatant rebuff, the Reserve Bank did nothing.’
    • ‘This rebuff spurred them to think of an alternative.’
    • ‘It could have been a rebuff to what may have been perceived as the BBC's audacious judicial stance, but several of those organisations who refused have since had athletes banned or under suspicion.’
    • ‘Menzies' amendment was seen by some as a rebuff to the ‘non-aligned’ states.’
    • ‘Sensitive to the alleged and often real rebuffs of friends, but also to the demands of ecclesiastical authority, he was often at its mercy.’
    • ‘It might have helped if the person who fielded all our claims had been slightly less triumphant in the tone of her standard rebuff.’
    • ‘On a still and empty stage three men appear at the mercy of constant rebuffs.’
    • ‘Despite my polite rebuff, Adam returned to my cell door a week later and eagerly divulged his deplorable obsession.’
    • ‘He just laughs and makes a joke out of an intended rebuff.’
    • ‘Such an attitude expects no rebuffs and overlooks those it provokes.’
    • ‘After several rebuffs, Yeda offered to pay for the cost of localization.’
    • ‘In an ironic rebuff to communications technologies, the bill passed the Senate by unanimous, oral vote.’
    • ‘According to Apter, the mother-in-law is genuinely bewildered by her daughter-in-law's rebuffs of friendship.’
    • ‘Their joint assertion was a rebuff to the imperialists.’
    • ‘The attempts by some shortsighted commanders to confine themselves to training and to leave education to officers of educational structures have met with a resolute rebuff.’
    • ‘As a rebuff to those who think today's teenagers are too narrow-minded, Umay's concerns are notably wide-ranging.’
    • ‘It takes effort to refuse, and besides, there's always the danger that the refusal will be interpreted as a rebuff, a betrayal of religion, and a calloused disregard for people in need.’
    • ‘This denial was an embarrassing rebuff for the Australian government.’
    • ‘The vote - 322 against, 291 for - was a devastating rebuff.’
    • ‘In what will be seen as a clear rebuff to the second request, Mr Kenny said that delaying the €176 million project until after Christmas was simply not an option.’
    rejection, snub, slight, repulse, cut
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Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French rebuffer (verb), rebuffe (noun), from Italian ri- (expressing opposition) + buffo ‘a gust, puff’, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

rebuff

/rəˈbəf//rəˈbəf/