rebuff


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re·buff

 (rĭ-bŭf′)
n.
1. A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer.
2. A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action: a rebuff to his ambitions.
tr.v. re·buffed, re·buff·ing, re·buffs
1. To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub: rebuff a person making advances; rebuff a request. See Synonyms at refuse1.
2. To repel or drive back: rebuffed the attack.

[From obsolete French rebuffer, to reject, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo, reprimand : ri-, back (from Latin re-; see re-) + buffo, gust, puff (of imitative origin).]

rebuff

(rɪˈbʌf)
vb (tr)
1. to snub, reject, or refuse (a person offering help or sympathy, an offer of help, etc) abruptly or out of hand
2. to beat back (an attack); repel
n
3. a blunt refusal or rejection; snub
4. any sudden check to progress or action
[C16: from Old French rebuffer, from Italian ribuffare, from ribuffo a reprimand, from ri- re- + buffo puff, gust, apparently of imitative origin]

re•buff

(rɪˈbʌf)

n.
1. a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of unwelcome advances.
2. a peremptory refusal of a request, offer, etc.
3. a check to action or progress.
v.t.
4. to give a rebuff to; check; repel.
[1580–90; < Middle French rebuffer < Italian ribuffare to disturb, reprimand]

rebuff


Past participle: rebuffed
Gerund: rebuffing

Imperative
rebuff
rebuff
Present
I rebuff
you rebuff
he/she/it rebuffs
we rebuff
you rebuff
they rebuff
Preterite
I rebuffed
you rebuffed
he/she/it rebuffed
we rebuffed
you rebuffed
they rebuffed
Present Continuous
I am rebuffing
you are rebuffing
he/she/it is rebuffing
we are rebuffing
you are rebuffing
they are rebuffing
Present Perfect
I have rebuffed
you have rebuffed
he/she/it has rebuffed
we have rebuffed
you have rebuffed
they have rebuffed
Past Continuous
I was rebuffing
you were rebuffing
he/she/it was rebuffing
we were rebuffing
you were rebuffing
they were rebuffing
Past Perfect
I had rebuffed
you had rebuffed
he/she/it had rebuffed
we had rebuffed
you had rebuffed
they had rebuffed
Future
I will rebuff
you will rebuff
he/she/it will rebuff
we will rebuff
you will rebuff
they will rebuff
Future Perfect
I will have rebuffed
you will have rebuffed
he/she/it will have rebuffed
we will have rebuffed
you will have rebuffed
they will have rebuffed
Future Continuous
I will be rebuffing
you will be rebuffing
he/she/it will be rebuffing
we will be rebuffing
you will be rebuffing
they will be rebuffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rebuffing
you have been rebuffing
he/she/it has been rebuffing
we have been rebuffing
you have been rebuffing
they have been rebuffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rebuffing
you will have been rebuffing
he/she/it will have been rebuffing
we will have been rebuffing
you will have been rebuffing
they will have been rebuffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rebuffing
you had been rebuffing
he/she/it had been rebuffing
we had been rebuffing
you had been rebuffing
they had been rebuffing
Conditional
I would rebuff
you would rebuff
he/she/it would rebuff
we would rebuff
you would rebuff
they would rebuff
Past Conditional
I would have rebuffed
you would have rebuffed
he/she/it would have rebuffed
we would have rebuffed
you would have rebuffed
they would have rebuffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rebuff - a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)rebuff - a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
cold shoulder, snub, cut - a refusal to recognize someone you know; "the snub was clearly intentional"
silent treatment - an aloof refusal to speak to someone you know
2.rebuff - an instance of driving away or warding offrebuff - an instance of driving away or warding off
rejection - the speech act of rejecting
Verb1.rebuff - reject outright and bluntly; "She snubbed his proposal"
freeze off, spurn, pooh-pooh, disdain, scorn, turn down, reject - reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
2.rebuff - force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
fight down, oppose, fight, fight back, defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"

rebuff

verb
1. reject, decline, refuse, turn down, cut, check, deny, resist, slight, discourage, put off, snub, spurn, knock back (slang), brush off (slang), repulse, cold-shoulder He wanted sex with Julie but she rebuffed him.
reject encourage, welcome, submit to, lead on (informal)
noun
1. rejection, defeat, snub, knock-back, check, opposition, slight, refusal, denial (slang), brush-off (slang), repulse, thumbs down, cold shoulder, slap in the face (informal), kick in the teeth (slang), discouragement The results of the poll dealt a humiliating rebuff to Mr Jones.
rejection welcome, come-on (informal), encouragement, thumbs up

rebuff

noun
A deliberate slight:
Informal: cold shoulder, go-by.
verb
To slight (someone) deliberately:
Informal: coldshoulder.
Idioms: close the door on, give someone the cold shoulder, give someone the go-by, turn one's back on.
Translations
صَد، رَد، رَفْضيَصُد، يَرُد، يَرْفُض
briskně odmítnoutodmrštění
affejeaffejelse
hafna á hranalegan hátthranaleg höfnun, synjun
duoti atkirtįgriežtai atmestigriežtas atsisakymas
atraidījumsatraidītatteikumsnoraidīt
odbiťodbitie
terslemeterslemek

rebuff

[rɪˈbʌf]
A. Ndesaire m, rechazo m
to meet with a rebuffsufrir un desaire or rechazo
B. VTrechazar, desairar

rebuff

[rɪˈbʌf]
nrebuffade f
vtrepousser

rebuff

nAbfuhr f, → kurze Zurückweisung; to suffer a rebuffzurück- or abgewiesen werden, eine Abfuhr bekommen; (from opposite sex) → einen Korb bekommen (inf)
vtzurückweisen or abweisen, einen Korb geben (+dat) (inf)

rebuff

[rɪˈbʌf]
1. nsecco rifiuto

rebuff

(riˈbaf) noun
an unkind or unfriendly refusal or rejection.
verb
to reject or refuse in an unkind of unfriendly way. He rebuffed all the attempts of his friends to help him.
References in classic literature ?
I almost expected a rebuff for this hardly well-timed question, but, on the contrary, waking out of his scowling abstraction, he turned his eyes towards me, and the shade seemed to clear off his brow.
It was the first direct rebuff that Magdalen had ever received from her father.
At last his Sail-broad Vannes He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoak Uplifted spurns the ground, thence many a League As in a cloudy Chair ascending rides Audacious, but that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuitie: all unawares Fluttring his pennons vain plumb down he drops Ten thousand fadom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not by ill chance The strong rebuff of som tumultuous cloud Instinct with Fire and Nitre hurried him As many miles aloft: that furie stay'd, Quencht in a Boggie SYRTIS, neither Sea, Nor good dry Land: nigh founderd on he fares, Treading the crude consistence, half on foot, Half flying; behoves him now both Oare and Saile.
uf, well pleased with the rebuff which his companion had received; ``the Saxon hath hit thee fairly.
You need not be anxious," said Agatha, who had been standing aloof since her rebuff by Miss Wilson.
I have seen him wringing his hands after such a rebuff, and I am sure the annoyance and the terror he lived in must have greatly hastened his early and unhappy death.
since my rebuff of yesterday I have a sort of empty feeling.
When we left school he made advances to me; I did not rebuff them, for I was flattered, but we soon parted and quite naturally.
Annoyed at the churlish rebuff, I turned my back and walked home.
Never again did she expose herself without due consideration and precaution against rebuff.
Again and again he had been staked out as an ore-producing claim by men whom it would have been impolitic to rebuff.
Perhaps, for he was a very vain man, he was more hurt that Henry had seen him rebuffed than by the rebuff itself.