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Definition of "rebuff" []

  • A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer. (noun)
  • A check or an abrupt setback to progress or action. (noun)
  • To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub. See Synonyms at refuse1. (verb-transitive)
  • To repel or drive back. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rebuff" in a sentence
  • "At The National Post Blog Araminta Wordsworth quoted various sources and the reactions including The Nation Daily in Kenya which suggests that this rebuff is not unexpected:"
  • "But November -- the chill month with its "rebuff" -- will see both rabbits and magpies quite departed ...."
  • "Such a rebuff was a stunner to Mr. Davis, who, however, soon regained his serenity and answered:"