To rebuff someone is to reject them politely. When someone rebuffs you, they usually do it in a way that is not aggressive or hostile.

  • He tried to rebuff her offer, but she was too pushy.

  • She tried to rebuff his offer, but he was too polite.

Definition of rebuff


force or drive back


drive back, fight off, repel, repulse


an instance of driving away or warding off


repulse, snub


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




reject outright and bluntly


repel, snub

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Example Sentences for rebuff

  • 1

    That is clear that it was a rebuff.

  • 2

    Is it churlish to rebuff praise

  • 3

    But the vote represents a rebuff to the Liberal Administration.

  • 4

    The partner rebuffs the request for greater closeness.

  • 5

    However, the reticent Erich rebuffs her advances.

  • 6

    The move met with a rebuff from the opponent party.

  • 7

    It should therefore be easy for me to rebuff critics of Turkey.

  • 8

    He rebuffs her with a reproach about the untimeliness of the advance.

  • 9

    The Knave attempts to seduce Alice, but she rebuffs him.

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    Wyoming lawmakers rebuff changes to juvenile life sentences.