1 rejection, snub, check, denial, repulse, refusal, dismissal, defeat, repudiation, slight, discouragement, Colloq cold shoulder, cut, put-down, brush-off, Slang US brush:
Ellie's friendly approach was met with an abrupt rebuff.
2 reject, snub, check, deny, repel, drive away, spurn, repulse, refuse, dismiss, defeat, repudiate, slight, ignore, send (someone) to Coventry, Colloq give (someone) the cold shoulder, cut, put (someone) down, brush (someone) off, give (someone) the brush-off, tell (someone) where to go or get off, tell (someone) where to get lost, Slang give (someone) his or her walking papers, freeze (someone) out, US give (someone) the brush, show (someone) the door:
She rebuffed everyone who proposed marriage to her, preferring to remain a spinster.
harsh, sharp, stinging | humiliating
VERB + REBUFF
meet (sth) with, receive, suffer
Her efforts were met with a sharp rebuff.
My father was too proud to risk a rebuff, so he simply did not ask her.
He avoided speaking to her, expecting a rebuff.
| accept | ignore
(in) a ~ to
In a rebuff to the president, Congress voted against the bill.
| ~ from
She suffered a rebuff from her manager when she raised the matter.
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