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rebuff

noun

1 rebuff

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

synonym: slight.

Roget 895: discourtesy; ill breeding; ill manners, bad manners, ungainly manners; insuavity; uncourteousness, etc. adj.; rusticity, inurbanity; illiberality, incivility displacency.    ... show more

Roget 932: disapprobation, disapproval; improbation; disesteem, disvaluation, displacency; odium; dislike etc. 867.    dispraise, discommendation; blame, censure, ... show more



2 rebuff

An instance of driving away or warding off.

synonyms: repulse, snub.

Roget 719: resistance, stand, front, oppugnation; oppugnancy; opposition etc. 708; renitence, renitency; reluctation, recalcitration; kicking etc. ... show more

Roget 732: failure; nonsuccess, nonfulfillment; dead failure, successlessness; abortion, miscarriage; brutum fulmen etc. 158 [Lat.]; labor in vain etc. (inutility) 645; ... show more

Roget 764: refusal, rejection; noncompliance, incompliance; denial; declining etc. v.; declension; declinature; peremptory refusal, flat refusal, point blank refusal; repulse, ... show more

Roget 277: recoil; reaction, retroaction; revulsion; bounce, rebound, ricochet; repercussion, recalcitration; kick, contrecoup [Fr.]; springing back etc. v.; ... show more

verb

1 rebuff

Reject outright and bluntly.

synonyms: repel, snub.

Dutch: verjagen

2 rebuff

Force or drive back:
— Rebuff the attack.

synonyms: drive back, fight off, repel, repulse.

Roget 764: refuse, reject, deny, decline, turn down; nill, negative; refuse one's assent, withhold one's assent; shake the head; close the hand, close the purse; grudge, begrudge, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: abjuration, abjure, abjurement, backfire, backlash, backlashing, bafflement, balk, be proof against, bear up, bear up against, beat back, beat off, block, boomerang, bounce, bound, brush, brush aside, brush off ... show more.

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