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rebuff

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Definition to reject another's help, suggestion, or approach — typically rudely

or in a battle or fight:  to drive back
  • He was never rebuffed or criticised because he never went an inch out of his orbit.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Margaret had given instructions that no one who mentioned her name should ever be rebuffed.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • And Martina had been rebuffed by an excruciating shin-scrape.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Before the nurse could rebuff me, however, I saw Christian coming down the hall with another doctor.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • In reply, he advised prudent preparations for war, in the event of another rebuff.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • As a doctor's wife I knew that, too, but he would listen to no one and rebuffed all attempts to help him.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • MacCann went briskly to and fro among the students, talking rapidly, answering rebuffs and leading one after another to the table.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Carlisle's firm rebuff was directed toward James.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Hands shot up around the room, but she rebuffed all questions and marched off to secure the doors.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Where Aron was received, Cal was rebuffed for doing or saying exactly the same thing.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She had rebuffed the Indian men she wasn't interested in, and she had been forbidden as a teenager to date.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Rebuffed from his fine feelings, Milkman matched her cold tone: "You loved those white folks that much?"
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • As a protective mechanism, I developed a terse, cynical mode of speech that rebuffed those who sought to get too close to me.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • That was his rebuff to Duane—his slap in the face to an interfering ranger service.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • I am an honest wife, but not a shrew, And I believe that a calm, icy glance Is quite enough to rebuff an advance.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Cunning hints inviting confidence she rebuffed with violence.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • If Hans Castorp had asked the director for permission to carry out his eccentric plan, he would have been rebuffed in no uncertain terms.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Then he drove me back to my house, rebuffing my halfhearted protests by promising to get me back to my car the next morning.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Having no excuse for lingering longer, I slipped out, while Linton was engaged in timidly rebuffing the advances of a friendly sheep-dog.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • 'Yes, Doyce,' returned Clennam, 'at an end as far as your efforts and rebuffs are concerned, I admit, but not as far as mine are.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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